This painting is one of what Russ Warren calls his “psychoanalytical portraits” or portraits of particular states of mind or explorations into specific characters and attitudes. Warren’s sketchbooks have long been crucial for the development of his major paintings and ideas. Periodically, after completing large and complicated projects and paintings, he finds it important to return to smaller frameworks and limit his palette to black and white (although he uses other colors as well in the underpainting). Yet, while limiting palette and size, these paintings have the same power of the larger works, or to use Warren’s words, that of an “atomic bomb” exploding within the frame. Again, Warren’s deep understanding of Picasso and the language of Cubism is evident, but it is used in the service of Warren’s own motifs.