Can a still life represent friendship? That was one of the questions I sought when composing this painting of a pear and garlic. At a distance and in the shadows the pear and the garlic appear just as acquaintances having a conversation. But as we look at their true nature we see they are literally very close to one another and that there is a clear affection as the pear leans into the garlic. They come from very different backgrounds as the garlic grows up in the ground and the pear matures in the canopy of a tree and yet they find themselves together here - possibly in someone's kitchen. Allegorically speaking the two represent people from different cultures finding each other in unlikely places and bringing beauty to the world as represented by the harmonious triangle of the composition.