I did this oil painting from a photograph of a river in Indiana. I liked the angle of the river and how the bend invites viewers to image what’s around the corner. Since I grew up in South Bend, which refers to the south bend of the St. Joseph River, and at one time lived in River Bend Apartments I named this piece River Bend. I used a palette knife and thick paint, and had fun creating the reflections in the water. I added purples and reds to the banks of the river to give the painting some punch.