Hanging in my bedroom is my first “real painting,” a triptych themed around “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” Every morning when I wake up, that’s what I see. At some point I started obsessing about the green and magenta colors. The ideas rolled around in my head for a while until one day I started sketching them. Bougie (because the colors remind me of the bougainvillea in my back yard and the severe clear blue sky of the desert) is the first of the Bars & Blocks paintings. People liked it, and its successors, so I keep making more of them.