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painting title: Remembrance

Title: "Remembrance"
Size: 40 x 18 inches plus frame
Medium: Mixed- Acrylic, gold foil, pumice medium
Price $5,000 Original with frame, $350 giclee Limited Edtion print
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About the Painting:
The painting "Remembrance" was inspired by a photo I took at the Legion VE Day, Battle of the Atlantic parade in Sooke, May 2008.
The Veteran is Jack Cockrell who served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps in Normandy during the Second World War. He was on the troopship "R.M.S. Nerissa" when it was sunk on April 30, 1941. He was awarded the Commemorative Medal in 1993 for the 125 Anniversary of the Canadian Confederation in recognition of significant contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada as well as the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

After the war, he worked in Ottawa in Naval Ordinance, and became the navy's representative for such things as disposal of atomic waste. He went on to work with the National Parks, and worked with the Dept. of Indian and Norther Affairs.

A Legion member for over 46 years, Jack worked with a committee and Victoria Mayor Alan Lowe to construct the Wall of Remembrance in the new Save on Food memorial Arena in Victoria. He was instrumental in coordination the BC Legion's millennium project ceremony for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the ceremony taking place at the Canadian War Museum on May 28, 2000.

He passed away December 2008 in his home in Victoria, BC.

Artist Statement:
The car is a metaphor for the encapsulation of the soldier from the war, and the "hold on" strap at the left is not only a tribute to General George Patton whose life was cut short after the end of WW II by a car accident, but a hope that someone has the power to grasp it and hold steady.
It brings together the past as seen through the windows, and the present as seen by the uniform, through the eyes of an old veteran.

This painting was accepted in the 2008 juried "Sooke Fine Art Show" one of the largest juried fine art shows in BC. This painting was also voted "Best Painting" by People's Choice Award at the local 2009 "All Art Show" in Sooke, BC.

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Drummer a painting by Linda Gordon

The painting “Drummer” was inspired by a photo I took of young Mathew Dawe at the 2007 VE Day parade in Sooke.

He is a drummer in the Sooke Pipes & Drums based at the Sooke
Br. 54 Royal Canadian Legion
on Vancouver Island, BC.

"Drummer" Size: 40 x 18 inches plus frame
Medium: Mixed- Acrylic, gold foil, pumice medium
Price $5,000 Original with frame, $350 giclee Limited Edtion print
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In this image I juxtaposed the carnage of the war with today’s Flanders Field. The wide road with metallic paint symbolizes that the slippery slope to war is paved with metal, making the arms dealers rich.

The dark clouds of destruction show the effects of war on the environment, the rows of crosses the results of conflict on the populace. On the left, the drab devastation, on the right, the brightly colored fields: the drummer boy strides between, the back of his garments grey, the front in full color. He bangs the drum of war, but does not carry a gun, suggesting that weapons alone do not whip up warfare.

To contact the artist: Email: linda@sooke.org Current shows I am in and places I have displayed at--> click here

Portfolio of art and photography