Tom is retired from his responsible job. Now he paints. And he goes at it with an unequivocal energy and work ethic. He plays with different responses to each week's assignment and often comes up with more than one painting which he compares. He is struggling to release the "Tom Within". And, I might add, he hopes that this self-definition will happen soon. This struggle for self-definition has continued for me throughout the years. There is no formula. No secret for success. Just lots of work. Tom was elated with his work "Luna Moth" and, for him, describes the way he wishes to paint....the Tom. It has become the yardstick. I can see why. It is a beautiful contrast of the seen and the unseen. The solid and the ephemeral. The organic and the straight. A beautiful play of color temperatures, shapes and values. We all need a measure for success....the painting that magically comes together. And if it happens once, it can happen again. The emerging moth. Eclosion.