To begin is similar to a birth. It signifies that you had the courage to take the first step toward something, such as a goal, relationship, career, etc. By initiating a change, we start to see how the plot of our life’s story may take a turn into a brighter future. Regardless of the risks that may lie ahead on our path, we need to remember that if we never take the chance and begin something new, we will miss out on the journey we were meant to have. This painting was inspired by a photograph I took in Cozumel, Mexico while participating in a sea turtle release program. To be able to see this little turtle run to make its way to the ocean waters to begin its life was a moment that influenced me to become an advocate for sea turtle rights. After this encounter I began donating more profits from my artwork to help sea turtle organizations conduct more education programs for the public, thus creating a safer ocean. If I can inspire someone to care more about our oceans and the creatures that exist within them through my artwork I have been successful.