In Flowers on a Table, Kinley applies his rigorous eye to traditional still life. The subject has been abstracted and flattened into a single, concise shape. Through painting, Kinley sought to fuse the visible world with an inner world of recollection and emotion. He wrote, 'What I really didn't want to do was to paint illusionistic space'. The symmetrical composition and the fusion of the table and flower forms suggest a ritualistic significance beyond the purely domestic. This hieratic treatment of familiar objects recalls the conventions of Egyptian wall painting, an influence which stems from Kinley's fascination with Egyptian art.