Art on a Mission

Indian Arm, original painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

Sometimes art finds a permanent home, sometimes it doesn't. And sometimes it goes on a mission. There are opportunities to lend an image to accompany all sorts of initiatives and the trick is to select those that will compliment the art and contribute to something that we enjoy or care about. Over the past years I've had my art on a wine label, on a mural, on a calendar of a non-profit art organization, on the cover of a poetry book, and even on a quilt!

The latest feature is on a mission of saving lives. Yep, it's hard to believe but it's true.

Can art save lives? I suppose a huge painting could be used as a flotation device. No? Well, there is still a way it can help.

Did you know that the Coquitlam Search and Rescue team of volunteers is responsible for an area of over 1700km², including some of the most rugged and inaccessible terrain in southwestern BC? They respond to an average of 35 incidents a year.  What they do isn't for the faint of heart. Here is a pic of my hubby (who is a Coquitlam SAR member), dangling from a helicopter.

Despite husbands hanging from helicopters, it's a great cause to support!

I am proud that my painting Indian Arm is featured on the Coquitlam SAR team's greeting cards. If you make a charitable donation to this group, you will get one too as a token of appreciation.

And now, back to making paintings, I'll leave saving of lives to those who know what they are doing. Here is a sneak peak of what's on the easel.

Work in progress - Larch Valley, 30x40, acrylic painting by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

The summer is in the full swing around here. It's hard to stay in the studio long enough to finish a large painting, so it's taking longer than usual, but I am enjoying the process nevertheless.

Happy painting or sketching or just enjoying summer, whatever you prefer!