I received a note in the mail from the people who bought this painting from the gallery about 10 years ago. It said they were coming to Eastport and would like me to sign the painting, which is apparently only signed on the back. When I saw the photo they sent, it took me back immediately to the day I painted it, standing on the pier in Gloucester. I remember picking the spot because the subject reminded me of paintings I had seen by John Singer Sarent and I was determined to emulate him. I joked that I was going to channel him.