I rarely start a painting with an idea in mind..they just evolve, and I feel like the observer. This little piece came very slowly, and I kept wondering where I had seen the woman (shaman/nature spirit)...she looked familiar, but she also "felt" familiar..her blissful gaze registered in my memory banks. I put the painting aside until one day I saw a comment on one of my photos on flickr, and saw a photo icon of the beautiful woman who unconsciously inspired the painting. Thank you for being my muse Mariah Hawk..thank you Mark, for capturing that peaceful, blissful gaze from the woman you love. I just love the magical connections I've found on flickr!