While stationed in Korea an opportunity
presented itself whereby I was able to visit a national shrine in Seoul, Korea which had been bombed by the Japanese. This shrine has
approximately one hundred steps leading up to it. Upon reaching the top, I visited the damaged shrine but my interest was drawn to an
ancient tree next to it. It was then I set about taking many pictures of it from various angles. Upon returning home to the States my
instincts told me to present the rendering of the Ming Tree in oil with the rice paddies in the background. This painting is one of the
many memories I have of my time in Korea.