The Story Behind 'Memory'

As I was on a boat ride with my family in the marshlands off the Mississippi Gulf Coast, I had this bittersweet feeling about the moment playing out right before my eyes. Everything just seemed right. I was surrounded by my mom, dad and husband on this perfect afternoon soaking in the last moments of light and the crisp salt air.

As I brought out my sketch pad to attempt to capture the moment, it was like no color I was seeing could replicate that feeling of pure bliss.

I was caught between enjoying the moment and wanting to capture it on paper.

I chose to enjoy the moment, so in turn, I ended up with vague pencil sketches of the landscape. I thought that the sketches would lead to nothing honestly. They looked empty and too vague to create a finished painting from.