Sunrise over False Creek, Vancouver
“Russia has proven once again that this is a terrorist state…Unfortunately you can hardly call for a stable and sane peace as long as an unstable and insane dictatorship exists in your vicinity,”
Sergiy Kyslytsya, Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN speaking to the General Assembly after Monday’s multiple missile attacks that killed 14 civilians and wounded 97.
“Either it’s victory for Ukraine or defeat for the whole world,”
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaking to the BBC.
Standing with the brave women and men of Iran and around the world in memory of Mahsa Amini and all those who are being attacked and murdered in her name.
Paying homage from afar.
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.
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 “massacre of the innocents” is over. 💙💛
From the Pacific Spirit Park on this Canada Day 2022 🇨🇦, 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. 🇺🇦