My latest commission; my nephew Paolo. Like so many people in his family, he has a presence that cannot be denied. Paolo makes fire. He came to Seattle after weeks of rain, gathered wood, weeds and assorted garden debris, and in a matter of minutes he had a wonderful fire going in our fire pit. He rubs sticks together, produces heat and sparks, and before you know it, he’s got a little tiny ember in his hand that he can then coax into a raging fire. It’s amazing to watch and really hard to do. I am excited about this painting because the reference was small but it came together well.