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Olympus is where the Greek gods live. Living in London, San Francisco or New York might be likened to living like a god if you think about how most of the world lives. This is one of my largest paintings to date, and sort of a commentary on the apparent confused state of the world today. There's no doubt in my mind that when I stop reading the news, I can look closer at my own life in the present moment as it's unfolding alongside family and people close to me, and I can only feel blessed.
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