My painting Collapse evolved logically from earlier work. Last year’s travels in southern Italy, and opportunity to revisit Caravaggio’s and Gentileschi’s work in Naples, concentrated my thoughts and intentions. The misery and horror of the Middle East wars—Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Syria-- recall Goya’s prints on the Peninsular War horrors of the 19th c in Spain. Many of Goya’s etchings on the Disasters of War record women facing rape and death—images that equally could show Yazidi women and girls forced into sex slavery or killed by Isis. And of course that made me think of Artemesia Gentileschi’s revenge through art—a magnificent work that has endured centuries. The gods are, indeed, angry.