On this one year anniversary of the war in Ukraine my studio wall today is dedicated to finding Peace, Justice, Truth and Freedom everywhere in our troubled world.
Year of the Rabbit
Thank you Jacinda Arden
On the announcement by Jacinda Ardern the Prime Minister of New Zealand of her decision to retire I thought I would post my painting and words from March 2019 after the heartbreaking tragedy of the Christchurch mosque attack:
“Compassion, strength, comfort, and humility: true leadership for leaders of the world to learn from.”
From Spirit Park revisited
We walked in the Pacific Spirit Park today after listening to President Zelenskyy’s impassioned address to the Canadian Parliament in which we learnt that ninety seven children have been tragically killed in his beloved country together with so many of the country’s brave men and women and now including three brave journalists. Our condolences and thoughts are with all the families, friends and colleagues grieving today.
This drawing is from a larger piece from 2017 drawn in protest at that time to an event that had produced the same sense of heartbreak and outrage that I know we all feel today. Some of you may remember the full piece can be seen here: “From Spirit Park to Spirit Dark”
These sunflowers are a message of love and support as we continue to Stand with Ukraine.
never out of mind
Faster Higher Stronger – Together
a great olympian
Olympic Moments XIII – 16.2.22
Congratulations to our Canadian men’s short track speed skating relay team, Steven Dubois, Pascal Dion, Jordon Pierre-Gilles, Maxime Laoun and Charles Hamelin, on their gold medal in the 5000m relay. With this win and his 6th career Olympic medal Charles Hamelin becomes one of Canada’s most decorated athletes. Looks like we might have our second closing ceremony flag bearer.
Today I am reposting “The Power of Teal” from August 2018 when Simone Biles reigned supreme at the US Gymnastics Championships. The teal leotard she wore then was to honour victims of sexual assault, which she, and members of the US Gymnastics team, had all been subjected to over so many years. The following year she then became the first woman to win four all-round World Gymnastic Championship titles.
Today after withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympic Games in order to focus on her mental health, a decision that USA Gymnastics supported with their statement, “We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being,” adding, “Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”
Sadly, she is now being subjected to shameful and despicable commentary on her decision from people who in so doing have demonstrated the depths of their ignorance and hate.
My drawings and paintings are my way of demonstrating my support and admiration for someone who is a true role model and inspiration for us all.
She is today and always will be the greatest of all times.
The Power of Teal – August 23rd, 2018
Celebrating the athleticism and sublime grace, artistry, strength, and courage of Simone Biles who reigned supreme at the US Gymnastics Championships last weekend.
The teal leotard she wore was to honour the victims of sexual assault, being a survivor herself.
“The colour is for the survivors. I stand with all of them…” Simone Biles
A true hero and inspiration for our times.