My skies come in first in most of my paintings and as you might see in the detail shots, they come in quick and although not as dramatic, always show me the tone and direction of where I am supposed to be going - at least the emotions that are going on.
I believe this painting was reflecting, for me, a history of turmoil, workaholism, chasing success and unfortunately achieving it, at great expense, until it was too late to recover the truly important things that I had lost. This tumultuous past, scraping my way for decades in the sales world, increasing pressure lead to alcoholism all the while unaware of un-diagnosed Bipolar disorder running amuck under layers of obsessive compulsive desires for more - more of pretty much anything!
I think the progression from bright towering successful buildings into darker, lower red buildings and then onto odd, confusing fish like (?) condominium apartments, denotes a cycle, which at the time seemed 'bad,' but in time was a lifesaver, the impetus that got my attention to escape from this mess. The strange barbed wire fence covering the top of the condos, in my mind, is a fence that initially was put up to keep them safe, but also cut off all the sunlight of the spirit and all life would wither and die there.
I am so grateful that I am not a part of that picture anymore.