The title of my new series, “Strange Meadow,“ comes from the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s song, “Strange Meadowlark,“ on the Time Out album, purchased because it was in a discount bin and had a nice cover. I listened to it over and over through college, loving it every time, and learned from it an important fact: that value is not indicated by price.

The “Strange Meadow“ paintings arose from my effort to infuse space in a previous series, “Pangloss,“ which featured works influenced by millefleurs tapestry. I am avoiding outright landscape in these new paintings while flirting with the natural world (if there still is such a thing). The title “Strange Meadow“ seemed just right.