As many of you know, every five years or so, I offer family members a chance to choose a painting for their birthday. If this practice is news to you, the reason is to allow at least some of my work to remain in family collections. I come from a rural farming and logging heritage. It has been only in my generation that a few children have gone to university and then primarily the girls went because the boys could make a good living following in their father’s footsteps. Art galleries and museums were in the larger cities, far from where we lived and not something that was high on anyone’s wish list to go and see (except mine). If anyone thought about art at all, it was as a hobby, something to keep your hands busy when you had nothing else to do. Great art was viewed from the pages of history and art books. Original fine art was appreciated and wondered about but not necessarily accessible or part of our daily lives. This is strikingly different from a comment that came from one of my nine-year-old grandsons who stated to his mother that I was his favourite artist and yes, he would like to visit the gallery when he was over. Then there is the other two grandsons who slip on my red painting apron to paint with me, giving it all the professional status generally reserved for a scientist’s lab coat. To these young boys, painting is serious work and of great importance, not a hobby, not just something to keep your hands busy. Some of this is due to the fact that they have my original painting in their homes. They hear others who visit and their parents talk about these paintings. It is the old adage that what we pay attention to becomes important. This in turn has become important to me. The best way to make sure they have daily access to my work is to keep ensuring it is available for them to experience in their own home. Original art is definitely part of their lives and I have no doubt they will happily visit art museums and galleries online and/or in person when they grow up and then take their own children. I truly believe their lives will be much richer as a result. All this preamble is to let you know that my son-in-law has chosen his painting for this year’s birthday. I am thrilled that “Hope For A New Day” will stay in the family as I was extremely reluctant to send it off into the world. I wanted to keep it even though I knew this wasn’t practical. This is a great solution, possibly even a better solution.