Art Inspiration: Remembrance 2015


This year I had the good fortune to travel to Ottawa where I received many moments of inspiration. The most profound flashes of inspiration came when I visited the Canadian War Museum and the National War Memorial. There I was inspired to draw and create what I saw.

I did a lot of drawing and I did not stop there. I found other images from the Great War, World War Two and modern images of Canadian soldiers. I drew each one in turn until I had over a dozen on my drawing table.   I then got an idea to place these drawings and images in a short video clip as a tribute to all Canadians who fought for our freedom.

When creating these drawings, I did not use my typical mediums. I drew them on acid free paper as I always have but instead of pencils, pens or paints I used charcoal. I wanted to create something using similar mediums that Michelangelo, Da Vinci, or many other artists used over a hundred years ago. I found the experience refreshing and developed a new appreciation for those masters of old.

I scanned all the images into the computer and set off on creating a video tribute. The music I used was, Honor (Honor (2010), (Main Title Theme from “The Pacific”) by Geoff Zanelli, Hans Zimmer & Blake Neely.) It is a hauntingly beauty piece of music that I never get tired of hearing.

The end result is a video I hope reflects my passion and respect for all those whom I owe so much.


I have imbedded the YouTube video for you to watch. It was created because I was inspired.  My hope is that it inspires others. Please enjoy Remembrance 2015.



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