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The title, "Grand Marshal", comes from a flamboyant New Orleans band leader. I was born in New Orleans where parades happen all the time, not just during Mardi Gras. The leader of a marching band is an honor and taken very seriously. The Grand Marshal sets the tone as well as the tempo. He is the one that creates the excitement that the band members feed off. This high stepping leader gives spectators permission to dance along. The more the crowd gives back, the more energy the band projects. It's a fun time for all. So fun to paint and a joy to see hanging in my studio while it cures. An oil painting can take 4-6 weeks to fully cure before shipping and I've become quite attached to this work (friends and peers have admired it as well). It has fully cured now and is ready to hang in that special place.