The photo that inspired this painting was one I took in my home studio during the summer of 2010 (I think.)
My lovely neighbor, Mrs. Horton, had moved out of her home but didn't want her flowers to go to waste while the house sat vacant.
I was more than happy to take her up on her offer to help myself to her roses until the house had a new owner. I cut little bouquets of her roses for weeks, and their glorious fragrance filled all parts of our home.
We now have a different home and I no longer have a home studio. So when I recently found this photo, I felt even more inspired to document the beautiful memory of Mrs. Horton's roses filling my sun-drenched home studio with the scents of heaven.
It reminds me that here on earth there is always work associated with creating and maintaining beauty. It is usually worth the work. (That being said, I'm very much looking forward to the day when it will happen without so much toil and fading results!)