Homer, the Wyeths, Pyle, and Ziegler were early influences on my artwork. I don't actually recall much about doing this little painting except that I wanted it done quickly. Watercolor makes you to work kind of fast, but you always have about 2 hours before things really start to set up. After about two hours I get bored or have to take a break, anyway. I remember sitting down with the goal of producing a complete composition as quickly as I could. At the time (c. 2000), I was just figuring out how to do organize the workflow for backgrounds, middle grounds, and foregrounds. Mostly I just did foreground subjects on blank, white backgrounds. This painting was a breakthrough for me. I'm sure the general composition was stolen from someone famous.