In 1977, while looking for an image that could be realistic as well as non-objective, I looked down at my feet to see pebbles, washed clean by recent rain, sitting on mud. The first lithograph of rocks and mud in the series ended up looking more like Rocks & Sand, which had a more poetic timbre. These led to 30-some years of variations on the aerial view as a device for exploring the mark-making and perception of the hand-crafted, painted image (see the Views from Above page). The Rocks & Sand images seen here represent a 2014 return to this seminal image. All paintings shown are acrylic on canvas and are either 12 x12 inch, 24 x12 inch, 24 x 24 inch, 36 x12 inch, 24 x 36 inch, or 20 x 60 inch. As with the Views from Above, these can be displayed with any of the four edges "up". The square paintings can also be shown with any of the four corners "up". I've included two orientations of each of the 36x12 inch and the 24x12 inch paintings to show how by changing the orientation, the compositional dynamics are radically altered yet the image still makes "sense". This is a small sample of the Rocks & Sand series.