"Gift of Hope"
Oil on Board
Well, I know you thought Christmas was past, but this is Christmas future. As some of you know I was in the Stationery / Card industry for a time in my career. The Card industry does Christmas in the spring. The cards are designed and produced and ready for orders by the National Stationery Show in May. So as soon as you are past Christmas and glad to be done with it....there it is again.
Anyway, this one is a special commission. It hasn't been approved yet, so we'll see if it flies. In Charlotte there was a young girl named Hope Stout who had bone cancer. When asked what gift she wanted from the Make a Wish Foundation for herself, she answered that she wanted all of the other children to receive their wishes. And then she asked that enough people send money to achieve a million dollar goal. Well, Hope died shortly thereafter and broke everyone's heart.....including mine. Her goal was exceeded. Her parents set up another foundation in Hope's name. Next Christmas season we are hoping to sell a Christmas card to help make money for Hope's foundation and continue to give to the other children who have cancer. Keith Larson at WBT radio is tossing around the idea and asked me if I might come up with a card design to further the cause. So that's what I've been working on today. I'll report as the year goes along how this turns out and where to buy the cards.