I'm a painter, in part because I grew up surrounded by paintings. This one, "Desert Symphony" by Bill Bender, was painted the year I was born. It hung above the fireplace at my grandparents' house, and is now owned by my parents. Eventually it will probably be mine. I love it.
It shows the view of the mountains south of La Quinta, where my grandparents had their desert house. My grandfather collected the work of the Cowboy Artists of America, and Bender was a cowboy and stuntman. I don't think he ever had much success as an artist, but few do. The point is to live a full life, right? Enjoy.
Anna does most of the writing. Ted does most of the photos. But sometimes we switch. We are repairing a distressed property in 29 Palms, California, and eventually hope to run an artist residency there.