This painting was commissioned by my friends to celebrate their marriage, four years ago. Much time elapsed between the initial discussions, the reviewing of drawings, and then the actual painting. I started the painting last summer/fall, but did most of it this spring. The tree is a banyan tree—it has roots that grow down from the branches. I included peacocks, the mango tree, a jasmine plant and lotus flowers all as elements native to India. Chennai (formerly called Madras) is the birth city of my friend Deepa.