"I wanted to turn Edward Hopper’s Nighthawk’s (1942) inside out. The East Village’s restaurants framed the windows whose pictures became my subject. In the evenings, I began to photograph the windows and light abstractions to generate new imagery. Concerning the Spiritual in Art, my paintings depicted an internal urban experience that defined my metropolitan reality. For the next several years I continued to bridge representational and abstract forms in a series of large-scale oil paintings that featured reflective surfaces in architectural spaces."