This painting is part of a 34-panel series of linear abstractions inspired by paintings my reclusive father made in the Sixties. His main influences were Klee, Mondrian, Cezanne, Picasso, Braque, and Miro. Unlike me, he worked fairly quickly and didn't agonize over specific colors or shapes. Yet his paintings – all easel-sized abstractions on canvas board - have a prepossessing brushwork and simple charm. This painting, based on an image of an observation tower, captures the innocence, vulnerability, and isolation I see in his work.