This painting is a mixed media work that was “rescued”. I had started the original oil painting several years earlier but it had been set aside and forgotten about. Once I pulled it out again, I had no idea what my original vision for the piece was. After looking at it for awhile, I finished it off with the intricate ink work that surrounds the seashell. I also turned the shell into a stone fossil, which represents what happened to the idea I originally had for this painting – it turned to stone! But I think the end result was worth it.