This picture above was taken in April 2013 on the Monterey Peninsula. I was likely thinking of my mom. She was a dreamer, too.
My wife and I originally scheduled the trip for October 2012; we delayed it due to the progressing illness of my mom, leading up to her passing. Throughout our time together, I connected with my mom on so many different levels. In her later stages of life, at a time when I was mature enough to appreciate it, part of that connection was art. It broke my heart when she was no longer motivated to create; however, I feel incredibly lucky to have items in my house that she hand-crafted. I cherish my memories of her and think of them every time I see something she created. It is my goal to do the same for those I hold dear. Further, I hope my art reaches a similar level to all who view it.
When our boys were infants, their nursery was decorated in the “Imagine” theme of John Lennon. I painted a mural on the wall to match. Recognizing my dreaming state at that time, my wife gave me a print of John Lennon’s self-portrait, memorializing our love of our children. To this day, that song remains a personal favorite. The framed print now resides next to my easel.