I am thrilled to be able to say that this painting has been accepted for the Indiana Interchurch Center Gallery’s upcoming exhibit of women artists, the theme of which is “Home.” Although I have lived in Indianapolis for nine years now, Louisiana will always represent home to me. This painting, in particular, touches my deepest feelings about Louisiana. The cypress trees found in our bayous and swamps are ancient beauties, with all of the mystery, loneliness and magnificence they portray. The Bald Cypress is so named because although it is a conifer, it drops its leaves early in the fall. There is a photographer in New Orleans named Frank Relle who camps out at night in the swamp in order to take his haunting photographs of Louisiana’s marshlands, which are disappearing rapidly every day. If you are ever in New Orleans, you should definitely stop by his gallery on Royal Street. You will be awed. It was a lovely surprise to receive an email today from Frank saying that he loves my painting.