Here is part of what Jaime wrote me:
My oldest daughter recently graduated from high school. This was a child born in considerable adversity. I was young, single, and completely uneasy about raising a baby. Her birth really sent me into a tailspin and I considered adoption, but then ultimately stepped to the plate and embraced what was before me.I set aside many dreams and goals and maybe, in a sense, placed them on her. Money was tight and life could get lonely, but she excelled beyond my wildest dreams! Who knew I would have an AP Scholar, a National Merit finalist, et al.?
Jaime also told me that her daughter loves the Big Red Cornell thing (the school's bear mascot)! I placed a bear on the lawn in front of Myron Taylor Hall at Cornell's Law School. This could be a fear inducing scene but it didn't go that way. The bear is not tearing anything limb from limb or attacking any other Ivy League school students. He wonders at peace.
A blood-lust painting may be more popular... but I thought this was more to the point. Could be intimidating and scary, but it doesn't have to be. Just like college. Right?
In the sky, I added an landing airplane to commemorate Avery's arrival to this beautiful school.
I love watching airplanes. Every time I see a plane, I can't help but get a little dreamy in the head. I think about where it is going and who is on it. (I live on a flight path, so, you can imagine how time consuming this is). This is the first time I've had a chance I've had to use a plane in a Panda painting without it seeming gratuitous. (Or is it?).
Anyway, thank you Jaime for the opportunity to paint for you and Congrats to Avery!!!