A series of photographs of doors on the Lower East Side of Manhattan were the departure point for the Shatter Ball paintings—a way to loosely determine text, composition, scale relationships, and palette. A sheet of clear acrylic rests against each canvas, adding a reflective surface. Sports balls applied to the acrylic humorously mimic a shattered surface; a wry comment on illusion in traditional painting; a “shattering” of the picture plane.