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My memorial to the 30th anniversary of the death of Canada’s favourite son, Terry Fox, who died on the 28th of June 1981.

Terry was a sportsman and athlete who had his left leg amputated due to cancer and upon learning of the first amputee to complete the New York marathon vowed to run across Canada, ocean to ocean, to raise funds for cancer research and awareness.
With the help of an artificial leg Terry ran 5,373 kilometers over 143 days straight, the equivalent of a marathon a day, before the cancer returned and spread to his lungs forcing him to abandon ‘The marathon of hope’ at Thunder Bay just short of his final destination. He died nine months later in hospital never to finish is journey.

It has been said Terry’s marathon of hope was in vain and only sped up his illness, but the hope and admiration instilled in the hearts of not only Canadians but people of every nationality far outweighed the monetary gain of the run.

Terry Fox ran in blue Adidas Orion trainers..

Drawn in a combination of Prisma and Faber Castell coloured pencils with a black ink background on a 30×40 hot press bainbridge illustration board.

I am a self taught coloured pencil artist residing in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. My passion at the moment is human portraiture, especially celebrities, as due to their high profile nature the margin for error is minute and an intriguing challenge. I also do commissions, both human and non-human, when the occasion arises. Thank you for viewing my work and feel free to leave any comments, good or bad, and I will certainly respond.

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  • Margaret Sanderson
    Margaret Sande...almost 4 years ago

    Superb detail yet again Gary. I honestly can’t tell this from a photograph. A very interesting angle too.

  • A gem of a comment as always Margaret. I enjoyed doing this one as I didn’t have to worry about keeping the drawing clean.

    – Gary Fernandez

  • marlene veronique holdsworth
    marlene veroni...over 3 years ago

    Wow – great painting – superb detail !

  • My apologies for the delay but thanks very much Marlene for your lovely words of praise.

    – Gary Fernandez

  • MarieG
    MarieGover 3 years ago

    Being Canadian…I can really relate to this story…fabulous image. Thank you for posting this!

  • Many thanks Marie for your lovely comment. I was kind of surprised more Canadians hadn’t commented being the 30 year anniversary of Terry’s death but yours make’s up for it. He inspired me to start running many years ago and I still am! A true legend.

    – Gary Fernandez

  • waynea3
    waynea3over 2 years ago

    Amazing what coloured pencils can produce when in the hands of a true artist.

  • Thanks for the great comment Wayne, and for the feature.

    – Gary Fernandez

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

    Excellent Image! 08/07/2012

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