This series started with the tremendous appeal of Peruvian retablos
- wooden boxes with brightly colored three dimensional scenes of
life and religion for the people of the Peruvian highlands, for whom
I felt a great respect and liking during my visits to Cuzco and the
surrounding countryside. I own a delightful retablo: a village
filled with people playing music and dancing, so vivid that you can
practically hear the music pour out when you open the box.
Years later, when I was coming back again to images of the four
seasons, it occurred to me that if the canvas paintings were placed
behind doors, each one could be opened as the season began or they
could all be viewed at once. For practical reasons, I arranged them
in two sets of two and a very gifted sculptor and cabinet maker,
Brad Rhondenbaugh, created beautifully crafted solid walnut doors
and frames for them.