Many of my paintings over the years originated from memories of my childhood in Sunset Beach, California. For instance, when I was about 6 years old my neighborhood was flooded by storm surf combined with a high tide. Around that same time, my mom used to play Rimski-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" on our pre-stereo phonograph (not on the violin...). I loved that music, and still play it sometimes.
The watercolor above, titled "Scheherazade and High Tide" (1995) is both a memorial to my mom and memories from an impressionable age.