Moving to Greenpoint, Brooklyn in 2006, I became interested in news stories surrounding the toxicity of my neighborhood Newtown Creek, the body of water separating Brooklyn and Queens. The site of one of the largest underground oil spills, the creek had been a location of disposal and industry since animal rendering plants were located on its banks to process dead carriage horses in the 19th century. Exploring the creek by foot, bike and boat, I created paintings based on my experience of the storied location.