The paintings included in my thesis exhibit consist of three different series, which are related technically, formally, and art historically. Depictions of fruit, tabletops, and clothing, while recontextualized in a more contemporary conversation, all have their roots in the long tradition of still life painting. This tradition is something I find interesting for its exacting record of both common objects and the means by which they were recorded, as well as the lowly place that still life painting had been historically accorded. The objects in my paintings are represented as they might be seen in the dark, or an approximation or imagination of such. The reasons for this treatment are varied, and they have changed during the course of my making them. In order to explain the reasoning behind this, I will have to first describe the work I have made during my time at the University of California, San Diego.