14 × 11″ Watercolor on Kilimanjaro CP 140lb paper. Watercolor on paper. There is a story behind this…sort of. It’s a self-portrait from summer 2011, darkish times when I wasn’t sure of the future in my personal, family, love, or professional life. I am holding a bouquet of wildflowers that are fragile and have thorns on theirs stems, a metaphor for hope. At the time I painted this, I didn’t really see it as expressing my uncertainty and vulnerability but it is clear as day now.