The painting “Sunset Torii” is a new step for me in my work because it’s the first time I have a structure as the focus point. I love looking at images of Japan and the various beautiful temples. This painting was inspired by the great Torii of Miyajima. During high tide, the great Torii looks like it is floating on the sea. I chose a sunset view to accent the dramatic lighting and etherial feel. To give the painting a high vibrance, I decided to incorporate neon yellow, orange and pink colors. With the dark backlighting it really sets off the brilliant sunset colors. The addition of the small Japanese boat was to show the scale of the Torii gate and add more interesting elements to the landscape. This is my favorite painting so far!