This painting combines abstraction and appropriation of a 'typical' American popular image from the mid-20th Century. I have added my own distortion or playfulness to make the figure look as though he has been given a computerized version of 'the mark of Zorro'. The resulting figure with my distortion was then carefully hand-painted onto the abstract background - which had been created before knowing what the image to be placed over it would be. There is an interaction between the foreground and background which my distortion helped effect creating surprising relationships which I like.
(See references to "A Rumor of a Rumor of War" in Harry Roche's interview. 1)