It was a big honor that my painting of "Melcher's Neighbor" was chosen for this award. In the photo you can see how happy I look. I've never received a "Best in Show" award. My heart started racing when I heard my name. It was very exciting.
The house is located near the entrance to Belmont. I painted it several times before because it just grabbed me. Getting ready for the show it was the first place we went to take photos. I have some attachment to the house. It was build in 1881 even before Gari Melchers lived there. Belmont is one of my favorite places, too.