This is the question I get most often. While working in my office, I witnessed a tiny green frog plant himself against an adjacent window. As I watched him through the glass, I began wondering … Where is this little guy going? Where did he come from? What does he think of the other creatures he encounters? Can he see me or see his own reflection? If he can indeed see me, what must he think? How far will he travel as he journeys the world?
And as I continued thinking, I decided to paint him. He made his first appearance in two paintings that were released simultaneously – Hey You (in which he attempts to touch a tiny, red ladybug) and Hey Me (in which he sees his own reflection). At that time, however, he was only a frog who would be painted. He wasn't meant to be a recurring character, much less a leading frog. It wasn't until after I saw how people reacted to him in those two initial paintings that I made the decision to paint him in even more scenarios. The more I painted his curious travels and encounters, the more people seemed to want of Beau. I get a genuine thrill out of seeing people react to my paintings in a positive way. To see a child get excited and point or to hear people say that one of my paintings brought smiles to their face … well, that's the reason I paint. I can't get enough of it!
Beau was named for my wife's dog. The two have similar personalities at times … plus, I just really liked the name Beauregard.
These days, Beau appears in every one of my paintings. While he is a prominent feature in some paintings, he is hidden in others (especially those in the collection Places I'd Rather Be). Look closely to find him! Because Beau was born so early in my career, there exists only a small handful of paintings that don't have him somewhere on the canvas (deemed pre-Beau).