The story about this painting is that a collector in Edmonton, Alberta missed out on the opportunity to purchase a similar piece at a show there in 2007. Frustrated that the painting he wanted was no longer available, the collector asked if I would do a variation on the subject.
Doing variations on existing works is an old and long established tradition for artists of all sorts. I was happy to try, and looked forward to the sale. As with all self respecting artists, I wasn't about to copy exactly the older painting. Rather I would use it as a model, but introduce some changes in various aspects such as composition, color and light. In this case, the first painting was rather dark, kind of "Dutch" in feel. I used raw umber as the base color. For my variation, I added more burnt sienna into the base tone. Alas, this produced a "lighter" and airy feel. I was not aware that the collector was drawn to the darker aspects of the first piece. So the sale was not made and the work has ended up in Seattle; where hopefully someone will enjoy owning it.