I did this painting shortly out of college (the irony is that I graduated with a degree in ceramic sculpture, not painting). It was originally going to be a simple drawing of a snake with a cat in it's belly, sort of a joke between my brother, his wife, and I. (they had a cat and a snake). As I drew, erased and re-drew, this armoured snake evolved and I knew I had to paint it. It has been one of my favorite pieces over the years.
This painting is about a journey, a journey of life. You know the old adage: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first slither" (if you happen to be a snake).