My original plan was to paint Bnei Yisrael (the Children of Israel) leaving Egypt with the splitting of the Red Sea. My thought was to paint it with a view from above and to include the tops of the heads of Bnei Yisrael being chased by the Egyptians on horseback and in chariots. Once I finished painting the horses, I did not want to add anything else.

The biblical verse in this painting is:

‏אלה ברכב ואלה בסוסים ואנחנו בשם ה׳ אלקינו נזכיר המה כרעו ונפלו  ואנחנו קמנו ונתעודד

Some through chariots, and some through horses, but we –  in the name of Hashem, our God, call out.

They slumped and fell, but we arose invigorated Hashem save! The king will answer us on the day we call.

(Psalm 20)