Over a lifetime, Don Meserve explored multiple themes in a variety of media and techniques. Best known for artworks carved in granite and basalt, he loved to demonstrate sculpting methods, particularly at the first international Schoodic Sculpture symposium where he completed a massive installation piece for the waterfront at Winter Harbor. Don also pursued liturgical themes, culminating in the acquisition of his cast-pewter Stations of the Cross by the Cathedral of St. Luke in Portland.

Figure is one of a group of sculptures generously donated to the City of Portland by William D. and Mary Louise Hamill.