I received a notice of an upcoming exhibit focusing on income inequality and was thinking I could enter a painting in it. It wasn't hard to come up with an image, as every day when I come to the studio, I walk through a tunnel that is often a refuge for homeless men. The tunnel is at the metro, and the contrast between the successful metro riders on their way to and from jobs and the huddled men is striking. At the tunnel entrance, the space between the haves and have-nots is very small, creating a very intimate setting.
I didn't take any photos, I'm just painting from my memory/imagination. As it turns out, the actual tunnel isn't a barrel-roof as it is where the actual subway trains are -- but since this is about what I think and feel more than representing what's there, I like the way it works.