I worked on this painting of my daughter, at the age of nine, on and off for several years; I finally feel satisfied. The reference photo was taken during my family's vacation in northern California. At Glass Beach, we scavenged the beach for pretty sea glasses as the sun set and the place became bathed in the golden light.
Whenever I look at this painting, my heart is filled with tenderness. She is now a high-school senior, about to go off to college. In my mind's eye, she is always about this big, or even younger; she is full of joy and innocence, ready to sit on my lap for a big hug. These were the happiest days of my life.