In 1989 I had an abrupt and temporary break from this type of painting. In the fall we took a trip to Russia. Maya was acting onstage there and Gay, Mischa (daughter #2), Budge (Gay's mother) and I joined an accompanying tour. I found myself loving, among other things, areas of crumbling architecture. Shortly after our return I went to work as a model maker for a friend, Doug Trumbull, on a special effects movie/ride he was making for Universal Tours: "Back to the Future, the Ride." My job, for which I had no training and no clue, was to create a massive environment of sculpted cinder pyres for a 12 foot high Tyrannosaurus Rex. My exposure to unusual (and toxic) foams and plastics coupled with the walls of Russia gave birth to the relief paintings.