Permanence. Given the choice, we model our lives so that they'll be long and healthy. We build our artworks on paper and canvas using pigments and materials that we've formulated to last a hundred years or more. We tell our stories and hope that they'll be told again and again and again. Working with charcoal in my Kitchener, Ontario studio, I use still life to examine the stories that we hope will outlast us... and those that did not.