I had just gone through a terrible breakup after three years with my first boyfriend. I was extremely distraught because throughout highschool he had been my only friend, so losing him was painful,despite the fact that i was interested in girls at this point in time. The only one I was ever able to talk to about my feeling was my cat because he did not judge me, so he makes a cameo in every painting of this series because he helped me cope with the trials of life when no one else could. The dragon in this painting is desire itself. Its something that seems interesting enough on the surface, but is very harsh and has lots of teeth when you get to close. In this case my desire was to reclaim my relationship with my (ex) boyfriend, but knowing it would be bad for me. The cat has an umbrella for a tail, which slows our decent, but will not stop it, just as how my cat could be a listener, but it had to be me who defeated the dragon, rather than submitting to it. I was 18 when I first began this painting and 19 when I finished it. The night sky and celestial happenings are a tribute to both my dad (recently deceased) and to the future, because my dad always encouraged me to take an interest in the "Final Frontier." I hope this painting relates to you because heartbreak and hope for the future seem to be themes we all have in common, regardless of sex, race, orientation, religion or ethnicity.