"The Watchman" is a painting six years in the making. I had photographed Himalayan Griffon Vultures while on a trekking expedition in 2012 to the remote village of Phu (Phugaun) in Nepal. Being April, high elevation wildlife was still laying low from winter's grip and difficult to spot. Seeing these birds always lifted my spirit - they are absolutely magnificent. Being such a huge bird, I would only paint it on a big canvas. I started the concept of the painting soon after I returned from the expedition, but was pulled in other directions, and I ended up putting it on the shelf until recently. Creating such large paintings can be overwhelming. I had to force myself to get over some of the more challenging aspects and almost gave up on it. In the end, I am glad I pushed through. The Himalayan Griffon Vulture (Gyps himalayensis) is currently one of the least affected species of vultures currently in rapid decline around the world - likely due to its remote habitat and importance by Buddhist culture for sky burials. It is listed as Near Threatened under the IUCN Red List, with expected declines to occur within only a few generations.