It’s difficult to put into words just why and how Kelowna is exceptional, though I believe it can be explained visually. Through creating portraits of a cross section of Kelowna’s citizens these portraits will relay just what that special quality is. Each and every person who lives in Kelowna plays an essential part of the human landscape.
For this project I was available to paint one portrait for 365 days. Anyone and everyone who lived in Kelowna was encouraged to send in high quality photos of themselves or of someone they know to be part of the project. The goal was to cover every facet of the population from age, gender, ability, status and ethnicity.
The finale was an art show featuring every piece done throughout the project and a book that was be available to the public. At the end of the year each painting sold had 100% of proceeds going directly to the Canadian Mental Health Association, all remaining paintings were donated to a permanent public collection at the mental health section of the Interior Health building in Kelowna.
Global News Interview for the Face of Kelowna: Interview on the Face of Kelowna
Mint Magazine: Face of Kelowna Impact