Today, oil dominates the world economy. But get ready. There’s a new liquid in town – one that could prove to be an equally potent source of both geopolitical conflict and entrepreneurial activity. My multilayered paintings not only offer aesthetic meditations on water-based natural landscapes, but also encourage viewers to engage in a process of careful decoding. Such decoding offers a model for an examination of the contemporary struggles over resources, including the corporate privatization of water supplies in developing countries and the location of toxic industry in low-income communities.