My buddy Matt and I traveled to Ecuador in 2012 and along the way we met an awesome fellow traveller named Kim. She was a American journalist living in Portland and spent some of her early teens in Paris. The entire trip was barrel of laughs as we traversed the Andes to Amazon getting to know our new friend more!
Matt and I recently visited her in Portland and she has an amazing garden in her backyard. I made this water color sketch, (a nod to Kim’s past time in France and present in Portland) as we sat out on her porch. Her dog Hildy would scurry into the bushes and there were so many plants we couldn’t find her till her fluffy head popped out. What is it about being surrounded by greenery that is so calming? In that garden and around Portland we continued to build on that friendship that took root over a year ago.