Alex Haley, author of the book Roots, had a painting on his wall of a turtle on a fencepost. When people praised him for his accomplishments, he would say, "I am like that turtle. He didn't get where he is without help."
It was a little tricky to paint this one, since my favorite position of Haley was in black and white, so I had to imagine the color. I still need a lot of practice painting dark skin.