"I went online and found 'sites' that sold blank checks—ones with all kinds of images and others you could design yourself...I got a bunch of these, pasted them on canvas and stenciled jokes on them. I never thought about quoting a 'money' thing with the check paintings. I liked the idea of calling them the Check Paintings
and maybe people would think I was doing paintings with patterns on them but then they would see them and see that they were really 'check' paintings after all...When I use my own checks it’s like you can read what I was up to that year. Where I went, what I did, who I might have been hanging with. In the end, the check paintings were always there even when I wasn’t painting them."