When I was 10, my father took me on my first trip to the Grand Canyon. Along the way—in the complete emptiness of the desert—we came upon a Flintstone Theme park called Bedrock City. We pulled in and I excitedly hopped out of the car instantly spotting a small store and a few signs that read “See Live Buffalo”. Having never seen a buffalo before, I asked my father to take me to it. We followed the signs behind the store to immediately find the buffalo standing there—appearing silent and majestic as we took her in. However, and much to my surprise, I suddenly began to feel a deep sadness coming from this imprisoned and isolated animal—something that has resonated with me ever since. I didn’t have the means to free the buffalo at the time and I have never been able to free her from my mind. It is because of this, I decided to paint her journey home. I gave her magical environments to travel through, stars and constellations to guide her and a landscape filled with animal encounters to keep her company. I hope through these paintings her spirit roams freely and happily.