Larry Groff interviews fellow painter Celia Reisman about her work, influences, and studio practice. Reisman states: "I came to representation backwards; abstraction first and then direct observation. As a student... I was influenced by my professors who were abstract expressionists. I wanted to paint the figure and interiors but no one was working from direct observation so I made paintings that combined imagery with abstraction. Rather than using sources, I would invent and sometimes make quick sketches from life to use for paintings and prints."