The painting “Tomato Girls” is one of those works that evolved over time. It started out as a photograph I took while living in Conifer, in the foothills of the Rockies. I had a blue folder sitting on the couch in my study room. I thought the colors looked interesting. I had three nice round tomatoes and a glass champagne bucket. I put the three tomatoes in the champagne bucket and positioned it next to the blue folder. “This could make a nice minimalist still life,” I thought. And then the Tomato Girls showed up.