This painting is dedicated to the memory of Ajay Brainard, whose untimely death robbed the art community of an amazing talent. Those of us who knew Ajay will forever feel the void of his departure. Though this painting was started before his passing, the final, ethereal quality of the finished product was a direct result of the loss. By and large, death and nature were major components in Ajay's work. In contrast, my painting depicts life on the precipice of the unknown- a concept Ajay was forced struggle with during the last year of his life.