First painting - My association with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, as it relates to artwork, began in 1985 with the boy on a hospital bed looking out the window. The painting was entitled Just Another Nice Day. The models (plural, because the figure is a composite of two boys) were twins. They were the sons of a hospital employee and alternated for the posing as one was not comfortable with an open hospital gown, the other couldn’t have cared less. Reproductions of this painting were used for years as gifts to prominent donors and international dignitaries. A Copy of this painting was presented to the Beijing Children's Hospital representatives who came to Ottawa on an exchange tour.
Second painting (drawing) - TLC was created in 1987
In 1998, I completed two additional paintings for the hospital.
Third painting - Entitled : Everything'll Be OK was the female counterpart to the 1985 painting Just Another Nice Day. Though only coming about in 1998, I would like to think she was worth the wait. It isn’t easy creating a “warm” scene when intravenous equipment is a major part of the picture story. So it took me a bit of time to come up with this composition.
The last but according to Hospital officials , not the least is the painting which represents the importance of The Teddy Bear’s Picnic - an annual event in Ottawa which is very dear to the children of the region. Based on the television series MASH, it is to this event that kids bring their broke or “ill” teddy bears to be operated on and made better. Arms are sewn back on, missing eyes and tails replaced and for those bears just visiting - a sling for their strained elbows or a cast for their twisted leg can be registered for. All operations take place in MASH like tents where volunteers in appropriate garb (both medical and secular) repair and “operate” on the not well Teddy Bears - making them feel all better.
For nearly 20 years I was involved with the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario serving on several committees of both the Hospital and Foundation Boards. I also enjoyed the fund-raising components as I could provide artwork for the projects. The images (below) are from the Christmas Card series which started in 1995 and went on for several years. From what I am told., the Foundation raised a lot of "moolah" for the hospital (which makes me extremely happy).
In 1992 I created the Donor Board Wall for the hospital. It measured 8.5 feet high by 37.5 feet long. The theme was "building blocks". Being both a 2 and three dimensional wall, it was designed using blond maple and acrylic (gold, silver and bronze plaques) designating the donors. 3 major paintings show children - the reasons behind the existence of the hospital well-being services.
In 1999, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario celebrated its 25th anniversary. I was commissioned to create a new wall which would run along a main hallway to various children's services. This wall mural would be 45 feet long by 8.5 feet high. The theme was a continuation of the first building block theme of the donor wall. But this time it would feature the actual construction history of the hospital.
Last but definitely not least, I was commissioned to create a donor wall design for the children's hospital's Solange Karsh Research Institute. A replica would also hang in the children's hospital lobby. I designed the 2 wall units to be the same, yet different. The main donor wall in the Institute itself is of Black Marble and acrylic. That design is replicated in the donor wall in the lobby of the children's hospital but with one difference : as the hospital lobby has maple as its main textural feature, I replaced the black marble framing with maple.
I am a painter and writer who's whole life has been influenced by one precept : "thinking each our own thoughts makes us relevant and relevance makes us powerful."