I noticed this gull on the beach at Sunny Side Park in Toronto on a July afternoon. The ring-billed gull is a familiar bird, common in both rural and urban areas, always on the hunt for scraps in farm fields or city parking lots. I was drawn to the calm peacefulness of this particular bird, in contrast to a gull’s usual boisterous nature. Just as people do on a hot summer day, the gull escaped from the noise and chaos of the city, opting for the refreshing quiet of the Lake Ontario shore. This piece was jurried into the 2016 Birds in Art show at the Leigh-Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, as well as the 2019 Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition at the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas.