I am blessed to enjoy this view each day in my office. It is a reminder of generational gifts. My father and my son are both artistically gifted. They never met.

Growing up, we used my father’s Dove of Peace painting as our family Christmas card for years. It simply read, “PEACE from the Colans.”

My dad also had a contemporary and abstract bent in his work which is reflected in my son Cameron’s painting at the bottom. Cameron is a creative strategist for TikTok and a gifted multi-disciplinary creator.

A recent art exhibit featured Cameron’s interpretation of his grandfather’s art. He included the poem below as a tribute. Cameron references several artistic elements that he and his grandfather both employ.

Dear Grandpa,
Time and time again I stare at your work in awe.

As time may have it, we’ll never be in the same room.
As life may have it, our minds will be on the same wall soon

As time may have it, we’ll never see eye to eye. 
As life may have it, I can see your mind was able to fly.

As time may have it, before I was here you had to say bye.
As life may have it, together we can paint the same blue sky
And the same comforting lullaby
and the same eggs beginning to cry and the same man running by.

Dear Grandpa,
What I am trying to imply
is my gratitude to the universe for granting us this unbreakable tie.

May you be blessed with unbreakable ties in your family!