Franklin Williams started out making Abstract Expressionist paintings while in school at California College of Arts and Crafts in the 1960s. Although Abstract Expressionism was fashionable at the time, a professor discovered some unique, small patterned drawings that Williams made on his own time and declared, “this is who you are—be who you are.” The pair then threw all of Williams’s old paintings off the Golden Gate Bridge so that he could start anew. He made A Beautiful Dark Moment about a decade later. The leaf-like patterns reference nature, and the luminous yellow crescents against the deep green and blue evoke the night, as the title suggests. The abstract shapes don’t read as specifically human- or plant-like, but as both simultaneously, demonstrating how easily our minds conflate nature and the human form.