Grandad's Favorite Hole

This painting depicts a retired NASA engineer, who finds solace and joy in the tranquility of fishing. I made an attempt to convey the essence of the man's passion for nature and birds by adorning his shoulder with a gentle bluebird, symbolizing the harmonious coexistence of man and wildlife. Hovering gracefully above the water, a hummingbird adds a touch of vibrant life, beautifully juxtaposed against the serene backdrop of the natural landscape.

The setting takes us to the breathtaking Puget Sound in the Northwest of the United States—a place the man really loved for its picturesque charm and rich fishing opportunities. The man is skillfully angling for King salmon in a revered fishing hole, showcasing the expertise and experience that comes with time and dedication.

The inclusion of an antiquated boat further enriches the narrative, serving as a poignant metaphor for the passage of time and the experiences this seasoned man has amassed over the years. The moon seen in the background holds a deeply personal connection to the man's illustrious past as a NASA engineer. Having played a role in the remarkable moonshots of the 60s and 70s, the moon serves as a symbol of his professional achievements and aspirations. In this painting I made an attempt to weave together elements of the man's passions, experiences, and memories, creating a heartfelt portrayal of a life well-lived.