My Ukrainian Idol

Acrylic, 2011

My Ukrainian Idol - Mama and Babe
Symbol of strength, perseverance, protection and inclusion, Ukrainian women and mothers are known for their hard working hands, their hospitality, their fairness and fierceness. They are warriors and leaders. I was born on the west coast of Canada to a Ukrainian artist mother. She was the earliest role model in life, and remains the matriarch of the family. Wearing black rubber boots and draped in Hudson's Bay blankets, the mother stands watch over her brood which includes the wildlife, flora and fauna of the west coast of Canada. Like the lighthouse in the distance at the base of the mountains, she is a beacon guiding souls through the night. She is my Ukrainian idol.