These were done from the last year of Graduate School at Indiana University, though the time I lived in Pioneer Square in Seattle ending the first year or two in Brooklyn, after which I pretty much quit working with the figure.
The back lit window was a motif I became interested in at IU. Later we see the patterns creeping into the background.
I could not have said so at the time, but both ideas are about how to see through interference. If I'd figured that out I might have continued with figures...
But, I couldn't get comfortable with how to paint them in terms of stylization - what is real?
What part of painting is copying what I observe and making that believable and what part is painting what I know and want the viewer to realize?