"Make A Wish" is a watercolor painting from my collection “A Slow Journey Home.” The question of what is home and how we get there has always been of interest to me and is the inspiration behind this body of work. When asked where I’m from I never know how to answer that question. I am from many places, I was born in Kansas, and moved around a lot in my early years. I have lived in different towns and cities from Belize to New York. I currently live in Fort Walton Beach, FL. This collection reflects my transient lifestyle and search for a home. It is a pilgrimage of the soul. In many of the pieces I transforms the snail’s shell into a house, each slightly different from the others. Expressing the individuality of all beings. The houses are a metaphor for the facade people choose to show the outside world. While inside each there is a soft vulnerable being, moving ever so slowly with their ego in tow. The snail represents the slow steady progress of a soul as it travels through life. I was thinking about the ego and the ego’s baggage, what we choose to carry from place to place and what we choose to leave behind in our constant search for a peaceful place to call home. You can see more of this collection and how it was created at www.mercedesrodgers.com.