This piece, acrylics on an 18x24-inch canvas, is titled King Boris the Blunderous Practices Balancing. King Boris took his time appearing to me; I had this canvas up for a couple of days, turning and twisting, looking for something in the background until I was on the verge of despair. Then, at about 3am, in the slow glow of the white lights that circle my studio space, I spied him, tiptoeing through an ancient forest, a little birdie friend accompanying him.
I know the purchaser of this piece and know that it is destined to belong to a little boy named Arden. Arden's grandmother took him to see the painting and ever since, Grandma has been spinning stories about King Boris and his birdie friend they named Natasha. It seems King Boris is a sweet-tempered, helpful chap who goes about rescuing wayward animals in the forest. Arden has no idea that Boris is actually coming to live with him at Christmas time and I would pay good money to see the reveal on Christmas morning.