The woman in the foreground is Christina from the famous Andrew Wyeth painting “Christina’s World”. I grew up with a reproduction of this painting in a coffee table book about Wyeth. As an adult, when I saw his paintings in museums, I was struck by how much looser his work was than I’d imagined, based on reproductions. In the Wyeth painting, Christina appeared to me to be a young woman, but I recently discovered she was fifty-five at the time Wyeth painted her and that she was paralyzed from the waist down. She dragged herself across those fields — that landscape was her world. I included her in “Discovering Utopia” to represent things that appear to be unattainable and unrealistic — the essence of utopia, a state of being where things work better and people are happier. In my painting, utopia has been discovered in much the same way that Columbus “discovered” America. The question is — how will those in the helicopters proceed? Will they destroy utopia? Take over, contribute to it or respectfully leave it alone? As I continue with the series, it appears to me that Christina might be on the other side of the land mass in my series “Things Coming in From the Right”.