Some friends of mine travel regularly and return with descriptions of the most remote places on the earth. One particular time they found themselves on a private boat touring the small islands around Bali. As they talked of the way the weather felt, the leaves of the massive palms reaction to the light and humidity, the colors and sounds that lit the atmosphere, I was mesmerized by their experience. How it seemed to leave them changed, and how it hypnotized them when they recalled even the smells they encountered. I had to create an image of these variables. I had to feel what they felt, even if only in my spirit. This painting came from that place of being touched so profoundly by a place. Not because I had been there, but because someone I loved had been changed by this place.