"In 2006 I did a painting called "SURROUNDED BY SHARKS" and we did an LE of 50. That sold out pretty quick and my career kept moving along. For years I was asked at shows about this painting, so many people were after it and wanted part 2 of this painting but I don't work like that... I need the story to come to me to paint. Last year at a show in Laguna Beach a woman came up to me and told me how her and her late husband had "SURROUNDED BY SHARKS" in their pool (snooker) room and would play for status every sat night. After the passing of her husband this tradition continued on only with her girlfriends now coming over for the games, they would gather and have a great time in her words " with wine and gossip of another time" (future painting perhaps) She said how they still loved that painting so much but now felt that the time had changed and now the women were the sharks, they had conquered. In her cheerful telling of the story with all the excitement of the night I felt the loss of her true love, now I had a reason, a story."