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.
Standing with Ukraine
where dancing is a crime
We must keep Astiyazh Haghighi and her fiancé Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, who were given ten and a half years in jail by the Iranian regime simply for dancing, in our thoughts until the day they are released, together with all the innocent women, men and children already murdered in the streets, those imprisoned and executed and those awaiting execution. We are thinking of them all today and every day.
5th International Day of Education
Two quotes for this 5th UNESCO International Day of Education:
“No country in the world should bar women and girls from receiving an education,”
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world,”
Malala Yousafzai, UN Messenger of Peace and Nobel laureate.
The day has been dedicated by UNESCO to all the girls and women in Afghanistan, who have been denied their right to learn, study and teach. The Organization condemns this serious attack on human dignity and on the fundamental right to education.
2022 Look Back I
The joy of the luckiest and proudest parents and grandparents in the world celebrating with gratitude our love for our children and our beautiful, amazing and unbelievably talented grandchildren.
Wishing everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Joyful 2023
Look Back II
Celebrating two special places that uplifted our spirits throughout the year, from a sunny Pacific Spirit Park to a very snowy Kitsilano.
Look Back III
These final images of the year are to honour its heroes and despise its villains as we stand with the brave people of Ukraine and Iran and with the girls and women of Afghanistan hoping that 2023 brings victory, peace, freedom and justice for them all.
Nobel Peace Prize 2022
“You don’t have to be Ukrainians to support Ukraine. It is enough just to be humans.”
From the Nobel Lecture given by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2022 Center for Civil Liberties,
delivered by Oleksandra Matviichuk, Oslo, 10 December 2022.
#StandingWithUkraine today and everyday.
a terrorist state
“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.
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 “massacre of the innocents” is over. 💙💛