I started this painting last year for IlluXcon 7 but wasn't able to finish it in time. I started with a graphite drawing on watercolor paper and then sealed it with shellac. I decided I would try to be fresh and experimental by doing the background first and loosely putting in leaves and greenery. I added in flowers, birds and butterflies freely, without getting too tied down to realism or design. It was interesting, a departure from my very planned out cover illustration work.