This piece Improved Defenses along with Kakita Maratai were the first two cards I did for L5R. They appear in their card set Second City.
These cards actually tie in together. In this image is the same Kakita woman who was seen sculpting in the other card. You can even see the lion statue (that she is holding in this image) is the same as the one on the bottom right corner of Kakita Maratai.
It was really quite fun to have my first two card illustrations for L5R be linked together in this way. i would love to do something like that again.