This piece, like most of my works of art, is all about capturing a feeling. I love the warmth that fills and surrounds everything in the tropics. I wanted this painting to radiate that warmth. I also desired it to convey the abundance of colors and dynamic forms that fill that fantastically lush environment. When ever I travel to the tropics, particularly if I am traveling from an area in its winter season, I love being enveloped in the warmth that wraps around you right when you step off the plane. It is the first wonderful greeting you encounter as you enter a world of warmth and light. These areas of our planet are very special and beautiful. I placed the hut in the painting as a symbol of sanctuary or refuge.