When I sat down to design my fifth Welling Court mural these two images that had been kicking around my head and my studio for months fit perfectly in the spot that I have been repainting every year.
The mural is dedicated to Christopher Denis Kwik, my brother-in-law, who was killed at the beginning of 2016 in Vancouver, Canada. For my wife, the unexpected loss of her brother, has shaken her badly and continues to as she copes with it on a daily basis. Of course it is part of my daily consciousness as well. So I had no doubt that the event informed my imagery.
The quote, “Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Is something that Sharon found posted on one of her brother’s social media accounts that she scoured regularly after his death. My brother-in-law’s personal struggles clearly led him to embrace a more compassionate world view.