Five girls and one boy and over the years they have been a huge part of my art making. I did not go off to work and the children did not go to school. We remained pretty much all together throughout the day. I mean we were on the property but off doing our own things and then coming together for our meals. It was a wonderful way for us to be a family for a long time and we really got to know each other in a way that was never possible for me when I was a child and did not see my father much because he spent his days at the office except on the weekends of course.
Now that the children are older things have changed.
The kids got to the point where they got kind of tired of posing for me and were beginning to push out and create their own lives. Also my wife and I ended our marriage a year and a half ago and I moved out to my own work-live studio downtown. So when I sort through these artworks from these earlier times when our children were younger and we all lived together there are bittersweet pangs in my heart for a time that has passed by. I liked what we had then and I like what we have now. Life is always shifting and changing and I want to remain present to what my life is now and appreciate it and live into is with a fully awakened consciousness.