I came to appreciate the Jizo statues of Japan as I roamed Tokyo, Kyoto and Nikko during the 1980s. More recently, as I contemplated the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the compassionate nature of the Jizos lent perspective as I worked to regain my own equilibrium. My September 12, 2001 show in NYC had a Buddhist theme, so I see this new work as a continuance. The paintings which form the color space for this layered series are inspired by my ongoing interest in entheogens. I have photographed the plants of the gods for years. Of late, I have been scanning my smaller gluon paintings directly to meld them with my b/w photographs. A most intriguing surface results.