I was invited to Nauvoo, Illinois to talk about my paintings. It was the 169th Anniversary of the departure of the Mormons from Nauvoo on the long trek to the West. They left voluntarily...because they HAD to. Anyway, I joined a large group of celebrants on the walk down Parley Street that ends at the Mississippi River and where so many people left the United States in 1846. I'm always inspired when I visit Nauvoo and now they have an LDS Temple there as well. When I returned I jumped right into this painting and this shows they quick lay in of the painting.