At this point, I confess that my mind was racing to remember whether and when I'd written about Richard Johnson, who he was, and therefore whether the "something" was likely to be something I actually wanted. But I thought he sounded nice, and the name had a friendly familiarity to it, so I said okay, and he said he'd be there in twenty minutes or so.
I can't believe I even hesitated, because a quick search hit this recent post about our new banner, where Richard Johnson is identified as the one who brought our attention to and sent us a digital copy of the painting of the Beagle by Ronald Dean that features on the left hand side of the banner. So when the phone call came that he was waiting for me at the reception desk, I went downstairs with some excitement, and there he was, with a nice big printed copy of this, in a glass mount:
|Charles Darwin arrives in the Galapagos by Ronald Dean, FCII, RSMA. |
(Image updated April 1, 2013 with copyright overwritten at the request of the artist. -KJ)
So, thanks, Richard, for making my day and also thanks to Ronald Dean for painting this inspirational picture and giving us permission "to use it any way that we wish and that we approve of".