I don't do this often, but I wanted to write a quick explanation of what this painting means to me. Some of you know my story, a story of pain and loss. A story of heartbreak, and dreams unrealized. A life of many happy things, but one that took a serious, tragic turn a few years back. I don't want to take the time to rehash all the details, but they involved the words "cancer" and "death". Some of you can maybe even relate. Since that time I have focused on redemption, restoration, happier themes. Those are the things I really like to focus on, and I find them most meaningful. But, you can't ignore seasons of darkness. They come and sometimes linger. Our best efforts cannot drive them away at times. Sometimes our prayers feel unanswered, unheard even. When I was painting this I felt some of the emotions of the past. It started off as one of my darkest paintings yet, but...slowly I felt to add a few lighter hues, touches of pink, grays, and white. Even in our hardest times we can see glimpses of better days. I like to think the best is yet to come!