I build the box, glue watercolor paper and then paint on it. With this 2d/3-d approach, I am trying to describe the spacial volume of these places and express what it felt like to me to be there. With this piece, I was trying to describe the feeling of emerging from a dark tree-lined road and coming across a stand of giant poplar and birch trees. They felt so tall and impressive at the time, and I wanted to somehow express that in a painting. That experience inspired this piece; my first painting on a 3D form.