Michael Braden has forever been fascinated with what he calls transitional environments, the spaces of the in-between, the point of discord and discourse, of prospect and refuge.  The line of the drawing becomes a transitional space, something to encounter.  In a sense, he paints multiple paintings over each other, borrowing bits and pieces from the previous layer, sometimes erasing and scraping the image to retrieve the composition or gesture from below.  A sense of depth and play of light emerges from the lineal and volumetric tension created by the additive and deductive processes and the translucency of the painting surface.