While painting this fun close up of our cutest elephant, Dumbo, it seemed natural to dress Dumbo in pink and blue, with a touch of yellow, a palette for a baby elephant, and a palette that brings Disney to mind, and heart. We all meet Dumbo as a brand new delivery to his mother, so a background of soft blue sky and puffy clouds is also a natural.

I think about those first few years of infancy when we learn and absorb so very much that carries us through life, from our parents, our caregivers, our surroundings. Perhaps most importantly we learn to trust. And when we trust, our perspective can be optimistic, hopeful about the future and what lies ahead, as we see Dumbo here in bright colors, rising and looking up, cheerful and happily focusing on a hint of a hidden Mickey.

The original painting of “Trusting”, framed with the original painterly border, is available at The Art of Disney in Epcot. Deluxe Prints and Framed Painterly Print Limited Edition reproductions are made available at Disney’s Festival of the Arts 2022 and while supplies last.