The swoosh of this stroke has an abstract feel of the United States to me.I painted my patriotic images right after the Boston Marathon bombing. My sister was running in the marathon, and our family was frantic to know her whereabouts when we heard the breaking news. Once we finally got a hold of her, she told us she had crossed the finish line 20 minutes before. We were so thankful for the first responders and that she was safe! How grateful I am to live in the "land of the FREE", "home of the BRAVE", and be part of "AMERICA STRONG"! The tail on my stroke is the energy of freedom. Red is the color of passion, energy, and action. It signifies a pioneering spirit, ambition, and determination. Navy blue conveys confidence, intelligence, unity, and stability. White means wholeness and completion. To me my stroke signifies the United States of America--the "land of the FREE".