I'm always surprised and thrilled when someone out of the blue approaches me to use my artwork on one of their products. In January I was approached by the Mountain Gazette Magazine in Colorado to use this piece of the Northern Lights. Recently one of my winter scenes was used for a Christmas greeting card. Sometimes I think I should take the initiative and approach companies that could use my artwork. It's nice and easy money to make on the side. I know of some illustrators who make a decent living doing things like this. I find it attractive, and gets me thinking about ways to pursue that. I love painting. But I also love the art of business. Even though the business end of things can be very frustrating, there's also a thrill to it. As an art gallery owner once told me, 95% of the art business is marketing. I've experienced that principle in my own art business. However, I want my art to have quality. I ran into someone in a local coffee shop this morning . I don't really know her but I see her at the art shows in town. She told me she was admiring my artwork in the gallery this morning. She said, "Your work as an minimalist kind of simplicity to it, but it is so full of emotion!" I liked that. She didn't buy though. But the observation made my day. Artists know what I'm talking about.