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.
Stand with Ukraine
Standing with Ukraine
“for as long as it takes”
“That’s how long we will be with you Mr President, for as long as it takes,”
President Biden, Kyiv, 20.2.23
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.
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. 💙💛
Canada Day 2022
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. 🇺🇦