I make square paintings that are colorful, charming, good, and interesting. As a shape, the square is logical and true. Four equal sides. However, when the word “square” appears as slang, it can either be a compliment or an insult. Originally, it referred to someone who was honest, traditional, and reliable. Popular culture later redefined it to describe someone who was rigid and old-fashioned. I live in a small rural town. In the spring and fall, I help my brother with his farming operation. One job I have is picking up rocks in fields to prevent them from damaging machinery. I scavenge around on a four-wheeler, dragging a small trailer behind. When the trailer is full, I take the rocks to a lonesome corner of the field where they‚re dumped on a large pile that‚s been accumulating for generations. This simple, primitive chore brings me great joy. It offers clarity and teaches me something about the reality of this world — our history and our humanity. I’d like for my paintings to do the same.