This is a painting of Claude Monet’s lily pond in Giverny, France. Claude Monet was the father of impressionism. His story is unbelievable. His influence on art has been amazing. He is truly my hero. I was so excited to go to France and stay in a hotel just a block or two down the little country road from his home. It was almost a spiritual experience going to visit his gardens and this pond. He created the pond himself and planted all of the water lilies and greenery around it. He had spent so much time away from his family to paint, and now he could stay home and paint scenes from his own residence.
I have tried to portray the reflections in the water, the different values of green, and the lily-pads and flowers exactly as I saw them. You would have to go there to understand the power of the place.