My brother's beloved cat lived a very long life. Nico was there as we became adults, and was still a companion as we exited middle age. Every time I visited L.A., I would think, I better paint Nico. A host of siblings would join her, but she was always Queen. Shortly before she passed, I captured her sunning precariously on a bannister overlooking the city. Below is a garden and cypress trees which she reigns over.