The 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.

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So, if nothing else, my wife and I endeavor to teach our kids to tell the truth, be kind, put forth their best effort, value relationships, accept challenges, strive for greatness, and imagine that anything is possible. We want to be living proof of that. My mom certainly was.

Go ahead...Imagine. Dream. There is a dreamer in all of us.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.
— John Lennon