A while back I was walking along the sidewalk In Downtown Lafayette on my way to Festival International. It was a beautiful day filled with good friends and music in the night air. As we walked Andrew and I laughed and reminisced about all the things we did when we were young. I am an only child, but if I were to call someone my brother it would be Andrew. As a close relative we grew up spending most days together since we were close in age and we went on too many family vacations to count. But on this night, somewhere amongst all the laughter, he expressed how much it would mean to him to own a piece of art from me. This was something we had spoken about before but this time I could hear the sincerity in his voice, and it truly meant something to me.
I don’t always have a lot of extra time to paint, but it is one of my absolute favorite things to do. And when I am inspired I have this almost electric feeling. A feeling that flows though me and out through my paintbrush and Andrew had inspired me that day. Once I started painting it felt as though no time passed before Bob Marley came alive on my canvas. I gave the painting to Andrew and his girlfriend Phobe this Christmas and it now hangs proudly in their house.
One of my favorite things to do while painting is document the progress as I go, because as much as I love the end result the process is the reason I do it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, I know there will be many more to come!