"Arizona Skies and Landscapes" was painted in 1986 just at the peak of my pictorial interest in abstract atmospheres and the colorful impressions as seen through the eyes of an artist. I chose wood as a painting surface because I liked the solidity and feel of the material as opposed to canvas or paper. The blend of colors reminds me of the sometimes nebulous ranges of hues seen throughout the changing hours of the day, bright in the morning, intense in the afternoon, glowing toward evening. At times everything seems to coalesce like some grand architectural symphony, where shapes and spaces seem to collide and evolve from one set of dimensions to another. I started to paint a low-relief ground as a textured acrylic surface, but then became absorbed by the variations of color in the overall pattern taking shape. So it seems that the colors may be more significant than the implied shapes which dominate the background. There may be a few more abstract landscapes from the 1980's, but this painting is perhaps one of my favorites as it strikes a visual chord of fascination with the Arizona desert/ mountain environment.