This painting was my first attempt at a larger painting. This painting was a turning point for me since it is where I really started to learn how to put together a painting. I started it in January of 2008 when I was 18 years old and worked on it my entire first year of College, finishing the painting in April of 2009. It was this painting which I showed a digital picture of to Robert Bateman on one of the occasions I was able to speak with him. After giving me some great advice about art he then offered me to attend his Master Artists Seminar in the fall of 2010.