This painting is significant to me since my youngest son, Colter, just went off to college. He has been a constant companion of mine whether I was fishing, hunting, or traveling. Even while working in my studio day after day, Colter’s desk has been near mine as he has done his school work or played video games so that we could chat or simply be nearby. We have always been very close. I wanted to capture in this painting what I feel is my role in his life – helping him experience for himself the joy of living like catching a fish, meeting a new person or learning a new skill. Standing behind the boy, the father in this picture is coaching his son as he learns something new and anticipates the reward of the hard work. I know I’d like to be out there with a rod in my hand standing in front and trying to hook onto a nice one, but I find greater joy in seeing him get it! “Together” is what life is all about – oneness with another human being and connecting with total acceptance. I want to be all in with my boys and my wife. Putting them first and making their needs and desires important to me is a part of that. Next time you find some time with your son or daughter, look deep into their soul and know you can send a message that will last a lifetime – “You are valuable!” “You’ve got what it takes!” “You are worth my time.” “Let’s spend time Together!”
~ Mark Keathley
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