Josef-Peter liked to draw as a child, in East Germany one of his favorites was drawing a Easter scene where the Easter rabbit lived in a large Egg shell with a chimney, smoke coming out. One of his paintings reflects that theme.
It shows his Home, the Easter egg House and Josef-Peter coming through "The Time Portal". Along with the Easter Rabbit with his Bug that is native to the area, he exaggerated the size of the bug.
The little Kitten in the cardboard egg by the stream was a little Tike that died the week he was working this painting, so he included the kitty.
The small book on the right is called a Posie, when you are moving away from all your friends and relatives in East Germany (DDR) each person writes a small poem, maybe draws a small picture and dates it sort of a good bye saying. The house in the upper part of the background is where his girl friend lives, Gisela Mohn, she inherited the house and still lives in the same house with her husband.
In 1955 his grandmother brought him to West Germany where his mother was living. His mother was getting married to a US Soldier, and the artist was going to be adopted along with his older brother. From there they went to the United States, the first state they lived in was Tacoma, Washington.