Monday, June 20, 2011
The artist, Dave Sopha, is the son of a Canadian soldier and a British War Bride, and also a member of the service club Kin Canada in Cambridge Ontario. In response to the loss of Canadian soldiers since 2002, Dave began to do what he does best; paint. As an accomplished artist, he has painted many other military themed murals, but this one was to be his largest project yet. In December 2008 he began the daunting task of painting every single fallen member since the war in Afghanistan began, spending an average of 80 hours on each picture perfect portrait. His intention was to ‘remember, honour and celebrate.’ It was decided that this project needed nation wide attention.
This tour is an opportunity for thousands of Canadians coast to coast to remember and get up close and personal to the fallen men and women of the Canadian forces. The artists sketch of Bombardier Karl Manning was also on hand at the viewing on the base.
The seven month tour will see the mural travel coast to coast allowing thousands of Canadians to view this wall of remembrance. For more information and for the tour schedule visit http://www.portraitsofhonour.ca/