Watercolor pencil and pastel on Stonehenge paper. 22×30″
This is a Memorial piece…it hangs in Victoria Sick Childrens Hospial in London Ontario , Canada…Toronto Maple Leaf Sweaters
The boys are around 9 or 10 years. Hockey is as Canadian as you can get !!
Face Off was a commissioned piece….A couples 12 year old son died from cancer….Before he past he wanted to go to a Toronto Maple Leafs game and they let him shoot a puck into the net..
Victoria Hospital for Sick Kids gave me a commission to do a painting of some young boys playing hockey with Toronto Maple Leaf sweaters on…so I went to an arena one Saturday morning and saw some kids with the sweaters on and they let me take some photographs.
I put a composition together and I came up with this painting..I thought a ’ face off ’ was a good idea and made up the back ground that was really fun..The way families look watching there kids play hockey.. I wanted it to look like a hockey game and have the look of an arena with the ice ….to also make it look cold in there..I new I could do this with the colors I chose....Victoria Hospital gave this painting to the parents for donating money for a new wing for the hospital…and then the parents donated it to the terminal ward in Sick Kids where it hangs with a plac on it….The hospital had "Face Off printed and gave a print to the parents..I received a letter from the parents telling me what a great job I had done in capturing their son on the ice ….I had never met their son or had ever seen a picture of him but I realized then that “Face Off” had a power to help heal the process of there grief. They recognized something in the painting that they could identify with..
Since then I have done quite a few memorial pieces and I realize the importance of them because they keep the grieving company and help them remember all the wonderful moments they had spent with their Loved Ones.