I wanted to paint a picture for my friend Karen. She loves nature and spends every possible moment outdoors. She also loves her animals - her dog, Tele, and her three cats, Velvet, Spooky, and Willow. I wanted to put her in a beautiful and serene setting with her favorite friends. During that time, one of her cats, Velvet, was ill. She was a senior cat and getting up in years. I wanted to capture her spending precious time with them, especially Velvet. I named it "Karen's Paradise." After a few weeks, the oil paint dried and I sent it to Karen. Velvet was nursed back to health. That was in the summer of 2008.
This August, I received an email from Karen that Velvet passed away. Her little body was too weak to fight anymore. Karen was overcome with grief. I talked to her recently. She said the painting reminds her of Velvet whenever she looks at it. She said that without any sadness. That's good.