When I visited Israel, I was struck by the powerful image of IDF soldiers praying together at the wall with their firearms close by. I could feel the emotion without even seeing their faces. I could only imagine what was going through their minds on a daily basis as they ponder the enormity of their responsibilities. As I hear about so much violence in the world, I think about the Israeli soldiers at the wall and hope that their prayers will be answered soon. When I look at my painting, I feel as if I'm standing with them in prayer.