It was a total pleasure working on this very special commission. Not only is it an awesome story, but it also happens that the person who requested this piece is a very talented photographer, Presley Wright. Together, we were able to come up with the perfect way to commemorate this journey in time for Father's Day.
People said, "Won't a giant octopus over the crib give your baby nightmares?" and "Why would you want that thing as decoration in your baby room?" but for me it was a no brainer. Not only is the octopus one of my favorite creatures (obviously), but they are the ultimate symbol of motherhood and protection. A mother octopus protects her eggs from the time they are laid to the time they hatch without leaving or eating, and then she dies. There is still much research to be done on this, but from what scientists have observed, "No mother could give more." That is the image of love and sacrifice that I want my son, and husband and I to remember when we admire her in his room.