"I was watching two gulls converse recently. Actually, only one was doing the talking, the other kept trying to get away, trying to escape apparently. I imagined them as husband and wife. Working through my stereotypical anthropomorphic analysis I thought, he must have stayed out very late last night.
Whatever their personal relationship, and it must have been very close, I felt part of the drama. They were connected in a very personal way and I became connected through that relationship. I could empathize with what I saw in them—two of God’s creatures doing the best they could in one of life’s many struggles.
I've always held a fascination with gulls. Their beautiful displays of sinuous movement in flight and their amazingly colorful range of grays are hard to resist as a painter. But there is also that drama to their life, as in mine, that connects us in a very meaningful way. " -- MT McClanahan