In August 2019 I had a show, the last show, the swan song, the I never want to do this again show. I had taken a year to clean my palette from twentyfive years of putting pets in old master paintings and I just wanted some random paint splashing. One thing I tried was taking a bunch of reference pictures from a local dance recital, I loved how the kids were the biggest fans, watching every performance, sometimes dancing in the wings. I've always been a nut for Degas, but his dancers are pros and tired a lot and when backstage they are not watching but just readjusting and catching a breath. I loved these happy, excited little girls. I miss them, like everyone else they can't be doing this right now. Hang on girls! better times coming!! After never wanting to paint again now I want to do it more than ever, get back in the dance. What a difference a pandemic can make.