O.M.Gawww. This is beautifully brilliant! The Daoist(道)-based theme of the Ox and Lotus waters (with a touch of dragonfly ) is softly realized here; the OC is charming with her silky pleated dress and warm skin tone. The flower hairclips and Lotus leaf umbrella she's holding is a nice touch. The tranquil atmosphere defines the art and brings all the elements together here.
I love modern yet "faithful" renditions of Asian/Dharmic themes and Mythology, and this is it! Also very great to hear that your friend loved this... anyways, Thanks a lot for the artwork!