Everybody wants to be recognized for our accomplishments, to receive attention, awards, and acknowledgment. For years I joked to my artist friends that since I rarely win an award, one day I'd just paint a blue ribbon on my artwork and entitle it "Best in Show." While planning the paintings for my Envy series, I thought about the plight of a humble, gray, concrete block wall that longed to be noticed. So ubiquitous, walls become invisible background, part of the clutter. I wanted to ennoble this wall, to spotlight it like a real piece of art, and give it the blue ribbon. In my opinion, it more than deserves it.