I was really blessed to have this opportunity to see a different world and to be an invited guest to Xi'an. Saw a lot of improvement to a world we don't know and happy to meet the government officials and corporate owners. Really learned a lot from them. As a gift, I painted Rooster's Jewel.

It is a gift of appreciation to the City of Xi'an (in the name of the Chinese Youth Goodwill Mission) for inviting us as their honored guests. We were invited to stay, experience, and tour the city of Xi'an for a week and participate in their annual celebration of the Emperor's descendants at the Mausoleum of Emperor Qinshihuangdi (the first emperor of China, who planned the Great Wall). As special guests, we are also invited to plant a tree with their governors in that forest.

The painting will be part of the cultural collection of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China located in Xi'an. It represents our arrival to beautiful land of Xi’an and their hospitality toward us, by depicting a rooster (2017 is the year of the rooster) resting in a beautiful spring surrounded by pomegranate blossom, the flower of Xi’an. The rooster sees its reflection as jeweled and shining, showing the limitless potential we have discovered through our blooming, flowering, friendship.