" Can we reasonably have a dream of a world
where people, whatever their race, religion,
culture, abilities or disabilities ...
can find a place and reveal their gifts?"
Albertans have an attitude that here, anything is possible. There are
those among us who embody that spirit on a daily basis, people who are
not always visible in the community; people who we may not immediately
take note of. As portrait artists, we seek to bring awareness to a group
of people that are not typically recognized for their individuality and
uniqueness; people with visible and invisible disabilities.
"Those Among Us" is a series of ten intimate portraits, highlighting
people with disabilities from all regions of Alberta and from all walks
of life. This very unique project focuses on the individual rather than
on the disability and in so doing, champion our fellow citizens in a way
that has never been done before.
The series is comprised of individuals who have made significant
contributions to their society be it through athletics, through the
arts, through their profession or community work. We have taken a
realistic, classical portraiture approach to the subjects. There is,
however, an intriguing quality in abstract depiction of someone's life.
It is also an inner expression of the one's soul. Like small pieces of a
puzzle, fragments of life come together. Therefore we have created an
abstract complement to the realistic representation. To enhance the
unpredictable, sometimes uncontrollable quality of life, we have opted
for medium that thrives on such virtues: encaustic.