I came upon the Group of Seven when I came to live in Sault-Sainte-Marie, Mark learned to see art through the eyes of a friend who initiated him to the vastness of art in Southern Ontario. Mark's sensibilities were closer to the Automatistes, Paul-Émile Borders and Jean-Paul Riopelle. My parents loved Jean-Paul Lemieux and the Automatistes of course. Who else is there beyond Varley, Carmichael, Lismer, Johnston, Harris, Jackson and MacDonald? A whole lot more! But somehow, no matter what, we always seem to return to these seminal seven (or eight with Tom Thomson, or eight with Emily Carr, or nine with Casson...) Somewhere deep in our hearts, they have a special place and that's all fine.