While Don Valezze's work may come across as airy and breathy, the undertones are far from light. Present is a darkness, inspired by a childhood in the Detroit ghettoes. Don Valezze tries to eerily erase his memories: "It started when I had a photograph of my brother who'd been shot," he says, "and tried to erase the bloody parts on my computer." When painting, Don Valezze creates images, but never lets them reach full growth, allowing it to be one part creation, one part erasure.