I decided to photograph The Dreaming Tree because of my Setter’s obsession with tennis balls. For his birthday, I bought him 300 (gently used) tennis balls and he was in hog heaven. Unfortunately, he was already the subject of one of my competition images and you can (could – rule change in 2019) only have the same subject entered once. So Apollo came to the rescue again and was featured in my image. Everything started with a sad little sketch. The image underwent some radical edits over the year and when I finally painted it, I added two additional subjects – a cat and a bird.