Living here in the land of rivers and waterfalls, we've fallen in love with exploring random and sometimes seldom used trails around the mountains of western North Carolina. The silence except for the rustling of leaves and the gentle gurgling of a stream -- the feel of cold clear water on your feet after a long hike -- that's what I love about living here. One such hike inspired this painting. I've entitled in "The Journey" because a river is not just an entity in itself and it's not a singular creation...it is the joining of many waters into one river that may not have a recognizable beginning, but all the energy gathered from all the sources cascades over obstacles, growing wider and more powerful along the way to it's eventual union with the sea. That's life.