RIP Your Majesty

Two special memories: watching the coronation in 1953 as an 8 year old little boy on our 9 inch black and white Pye television, and taking this picture of Her Majesty in March 1973 opening the new London Bridge around the corner from Guy’s Hospital where I was working. May she Rest In Peace.

21st century massacre of the innocents

This morning it was reported that 353 beautiful, innocent Ukrainian children have been killed by merciless Russian troops under the direction of a despicable war criminal in the Kremlin, and more than 662 children injured since the war began on February 24th. I painted these sunflowers in the studio today in their memory just as I had painted sixteen sunflowers on February 27th when we then learned that 16 children had been killed in the first three days of the war. We continue to grieve with their families as these crimes against humanity continue and hope that the brave people of Ukraine know that they are always in our thoughts and will be each and every day until this twenty first century β€œmassacre of the innocents” is over. πŸ’™πŸ’›

Canada Day 2022

From the Pacific Spirit Park on this Canada Day 2022 πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦, with gratitude to all of our health care heroes who have worked tirelessly over the past two years or more so that we can all finally gather together once again, and remembering the lost generations of children from the residential schools who never made it home; but with disappointment and anger that too many of our fellow citizens remain an unworthy rabble that still fails to understand the meaning of the word Freedom. They need only to look to the brave Ukrainian people who are fighting not only for their freedom but for ours also, in their battle against the war criminal sitting in the Kremlin. That is freedom that we must all fight for in whatever way we can until this war is over and Ukraine is free once again. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦
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The heartbreak that is Uvalde

Heartbroken for the families and community of Uvalde Texas where nineteen beautiful children and two of their wonderful teachers will not be returning to their classroom. May they all Rest In Peace.

Earth Day πŸ’™πŸ’›


On Earth Day 2022 Standing with Ukraine today and everyday.



As we remember all those brave Canadian soldiers who fought and died in 1917 on this day, a day that commemorates the battle of Vimy Ridge, this statue entitled Canada Bereft from the Vimy Ridge Memorial in Northern France seems to express how we are all feeling today and could perhaps even be thought of as Ukraine Bereft as our thoughts every day are of all those who are dying in yet another senseless and cruel war in which the victims are not just brave Ukrainian soldiers but innocent, defenseless children, women, and the elderly all dying together from torture, starvation and murder at the hands of the ruthless Russian army, all war crimes and crimes against humanity.

“The power of peace…”

β€œThe power of peace must become dominant.”

President Volodymr Zelenskyy, from his powerful, moving address to the UN Security Council today.



Wanted for crimes against humanity, the criminal now known as the butcher of Russia, for his merciless massacre of innocent Ukrainian children, men and women, grandparents and parents. Today we learn that many of the over 300 killed in the Mariupol Theatre attack were children and pregnant women sheltering after they had escaped the bombing of the Mariupol Maternity and Children’s Hospital.

This ongoing β€œMassacre of the Innocents” breaks all of our hearts as it continues unabated, with the fresco by Giotto di Bondoni in the Arena Chapel in Padua as meaningful today as it was when he painted it over nine hundred years ago.