With the exception of commissioned work, the majority of my illustrations have always been created out of pure whim. In this case, “Confrontation at Percé Rock” came about from a strange dream in which an acquaintance of mine dreamt she stood staring into a pool filled with liquid gold. At the time I had been reading about some of the wildlife in the Gaspe Peninsula located in Canada, specifically near Percé Rock. The small birds you see in the picture are a species of birds called Razorbills which are indigenous to the area, and decided to paint them for no other reason than they looked cool. Acrylic on board, 1999.