My husband, Daniel Bernard Gray, is an artist, following in the path of his paternal grandfather and namesake, Bernard Gray. Although the two never met, Daniel inherited Bernard's creative gifts as well as some of his tools.

These pastels bear Bernard's fingerprints and the erosive sculpting of his mark making. Daniel's fingerprints will slowly create their own patina over Bernard's, building upon a foundation while expending its substance.

In a sense, these crayons activate the meaning of a legacy: the things and memories that persist after you die, that influence people, and that will ultimately transform the meaning of your life based on how they are used by future generations.