My favorite criteria for a good painting or drawing: It should be A WINDOW, A MIRROR and A PAINTED SURFACE. The first relates to the offering to the viewer, or the story behind the work. The second is an imperative that the work should offer the opportunity for the viewers to find their own stories within it. And the third tells us that what appears on the surface of the piece is not something "real", it is after all only a story told with paint or pencil. My works are representational in that they look like something, but what? Within each piece are multiple aspects of the story, often at different scales and within different time frames. Ideally they allow various stories and interpretations. Jerry Veverka is a practicing architect in San Francisco, residing in the Bernal Heights district since 1988. He studied art in both his undergraduate and graduate studies but is largely self-taught as a painter. He has been painting and drawing for most of his adult life, always for pure enjoyment. In 1999, after many years of active advocacy for disadvantaged persons, he committed himself to serious painting.