I have realized that many people are passionate about their jobs, which may not necessarily be directly related to nature, and others whose work is immersed in it – represented by the items in the foreground of this painting. I also realized almost everyone enjoys nature in at least some fashion. Even those who spend little time in nature try their best to appreciate and protect our natural world in whatever way they can if they are environmentally conscious of their daily lives. When I realized this a lot of things came into focus for me. I realized that no matter where we live in the world, and no matter what we are passionate about, or what we do, if we all live a life style with at least some form of environmental awareness, together, we will always have beautiful places in nature to experience and learn from. The open sketch book at the bottom of this painting is an invitation to what your life will be and that no matter what you choose to do, if you live it with some level of environmental consciousness, the beautiful and magical places in nature such as seen in this painting can remain for generations to come. No matter where we live and what we do, we are all trying to create a better life and world for ourselves and those around us. I can only hope that in your sketchbook of life, it includes the natural world in some way.