I feel I have to apologize for our mild weather here in the south. I grew up in New York and it just feels odd to have flowers in the winter when my friends and family are buried in snowdrifts. I think this may be the best rose I have ever painted. They are deceptively hard to paint but I feel like I may have cracked the code. I am always going back to the advice I have gotten from Qiang Huang and Richard Schmid when I try and tackle problems like these.