Van Gogh's sunflowers have always been an inspiration to me. The large yellow flowers with contrasting dark centers are stunning. This was one of the earlier subjects that I was inspired to paint. I worked on "Sunflower Status" for almost 2 years before I felt it was finished successfully. Flowers are my favorite subject to paint because of their seasonal nature and their need to be captured in the moment for full beauty and freshness. With Hawaii's abundance of different varieties of flowers, I like to search out the more unusual and exotic as subject matter. I feel that sunflowers as painted by Van Gogh have been elevated to a certain status which was my inspiration for its title.