The inspiration for my painting A Walk to Paradise Garden came from a 1946 photograph by Eugene Smith, which has a similar title. Eugene Smith was seriously wounded in World War II, and after a slow two - year recovery period and on a day of great personal crisis, he felt the need to photograph something significant. The very first photograph that he took was what mattered most to him: his children.
"Pat saw something in the clearing, he grasped Juanita by the hand and they hurried forward. When I followed my children into the undergrowth and the group of tall trees - how they were delighted at every little discovery! - and observed them, I suddenly realized that at this moment, in spite of everything, in spite of all the wars and all I had gone through that day, I wanted to sing a sonnet to life and to the courage to go on living it". — Eugene Smith
The central light in my painting represents a hope for a brighter future, which is the hope that I have for all of us.