Lindsey and I visited The Netherlands in 2017 to spend time with our son Neil, who had become a professor at Tilburg University. Highlights of the trip included his girlfriend Maaike's hometown of Heeze. We also toured the countryside, saw the tulips in bloom at the Keukenhof flower fields, and went to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.
Once home, I painted several canvases—some quick and loose and others more precise. Many of these pictures were on display at the URGE Gallery in Escondido, CA in December of that year.
After another visit in 2022, I painted pictures of scenes behind Neil and Maaike's house, an area with ponds, forests, and fields. The large sunset painting was from one of his photos during an evening walk.