Being the son of a motorhead it was only natural that I would have an avid interest in cars and have drawn them since I was six. I regularly got in trouble for drawing in class and it was usually cars or motorcycles I was drawing. This painting was done when I was going through a photo realism phase, something I enjoy doing every now and then as a technical challenge. The word "rat" is hot rod slang for a large displacement Chevrolet engine and I have no idea where the nickname came from. Being that he was a Ford fanatic my father would not have been pleased that I was painting a Chevy engine.