© 2021, Watercolour, 14.5” by 22”
This watercolour was inspired by Canada’s inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in Sept, 2021 when many of us spent the day reflecting on what it means to be Canadian in light of the horrific revelations of the truths behind our Nation’s residential schools system that are only recently - and finally - coming into our collective National consciousness.
The painting is meant to be a literal representation of that reflective thought process. From above, a bough of maple leaves is reflected in the invisible water, but it is not an exact reflection. Instead of mirroring the green of the leaves, the turbulent water shows those leaves in the two colours associated with Indigenous advocacy: Orange and Red. (The former for NDTR and the latter in observance of Missing and Murdered Indigenous women). In fact, all four of the sacred colours of the medicine wheel.
What’s more, the water that is creating the reflection is made to look like it’s in a rolling boil. This is meant to symbolize the growing anger at the injustices that continue to be inflicted on First Nations,
even in today’s “woke” society.
Both elements of the painting are meeting in the middle though, symbolic of how we’re making steps towards reconciliation. You’ll notice how, where the green leaf touches the red one, the waters have begun to calm.
All profits from the sale of this greeting card will be donated to Indspire, a charitable organization that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
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