8 1/2 ×12 original pastel on Starmand Sabertooth pastel paper,  matted and framed, $210 plus shipping

I love to be at the right place at the right time.  I can snap a million reference photos, but only a few will be so compelling that I just have to paint from them.  As a parent I am moved by seeing the love and caring of parents.  I am particularly moved by the gentleness of fathers.  My father was a kind and gentle man.  He gave me a gift to last an eternity.  When I think of my Father in Heaven, I have a reference from my own dad who would stoop like this father and give me cold water to drink, or buy me running shoes for cross country, or sit in the bleachers at volleyball games, or save articles about art for me, or shed a few quiet tears as he walked me down the aisle on my wedding day.