The Pictures With Rays paintings examine figure/field relationships. The central portion of these compositions represent the figure - a mesh of descriptive predicates (or written text) pertaining to (or describing) one of the eight significant characters in Genet’s novel, Querelle de Brest. The rays that radiate from the central ‘figure’ are phrases uttered (or written) by the selected character - an instance of how the character projects him/herself into the world (their field). The ‘texts’ are either comprised of a color-coded alphabet or a gray-scale alphabet (where A is white, Z is black and the rest of the alphabet is proportionally callibrated between the two).