This 24" x36" oil on canvas depicts an immigrant who is doing gardening work in my neighborhood. I love his turquoise ladder and orange glove. I will probably return again and again to the ladder metaphor/motif in my paintings...but maybe not always as a way UP (up in society, up economically). Rather, I am thinking of the ladder as a tool that helps a person "reach" something that is unreachable, and return to the ground safely. We all need effective tools in our lives.