In the fall of 2010, my friend Lindsay and I traveled to sub-saharan Africa and experienced the wonders of creation there, from the animals to the sunrises and sunsets to the majestic landscape. My first paintings of Africa were of the animals we saw on safari. I really fell in love with the elephants for how they live in community and care for their young ones. After finishing On Safari, I focused on capturing the African sky and South Africa’s breathtaking sunsets. They inspired us to savor each moment and take to heart a Swahili saying we learned on our trip: “Haraka, haraka, haina Baraka.” It means “Hurry, hurry has no blessing”.