Johnny Appleseed actually lived. His true name was John Chapman and he became an American legend by planting apple seeds throughout the Midwest. The dog was my idea and never mentioned in the text. I just figured anyone wandering around planting trees and living on handouts would surely need an understanding companion. The editors agreed. I used my nephew as a model. He doesn’t look that goofy - come to think of it, he doesn't look like that at all.
• Original image: acrylic paints on canvas.