The fun thing about going to Grad school is that one can make a painting and not worry about where it will end up. Artistically, I have been influenced by film as much as art history. The content of this scene/painting hit close to home because my brother and I were similar ages when our Grandfather passed away. I remember the funeral being an extremely confusing process. I did this painting to reflect on that and how cinema brings up those dormant emotions.
To Shoot and Sing Praise is large(45"x 60") and I painted it mostly with large brushes that one would paint a house with. I wanted to limit my control as I up the scale of the subject.