Back in the 1980s when I was swimming laps, I caught watery glimpses of other swimmers. I became fascinated by these figures abstracted by their movement through water. I painted several small studies of these images, and a new series began. My first Swimmer oil paintings were frenzied and splashy. Over time the Swimmer figurative paintings evolved, and the movement became more efficient and refined. By 1988 my swimmers glided smoothly through transparent water. In 1995, I was at the pool, this time watching my son, Reid, learning to swim. I was again drawn to the fragmentation of the figure in the water. The explosion of the splash captivated me. This image inspired my “Cannonball” paintings.