Is it “la joie de vivre” that Renoir often referred to when he talked about painting wonderful, quiet, joyful subjects because there’s enough chaos in the world? How lucky are we to find this life long GIFT! How unfortunate is it that some of us posess the gift but choose not to use it because they are blinded by fear. For fear is failure. To paint is to be human. To paint is to breathe life into your subject. To paint is to connect with one’s spirit, one’s soul. This is the harmony of life itself, which I believe IS “the gift”. To celebrate the smallest things in life only to find their deeper meaning and then share it with others… is the greatest gift of all.