Laura Secord and the Defence of Canada
Updated: Jan 15, 2019
I painted this during the NAFTA renegotiations. I found the whole painful process to be quite scary at times. I thought and still think Christia Freeland did an extraordinary job. My thinking that led to the painting was along Jungian lines. I wondered what hero archetype we have that we could activate to save Canada from the Americans? Living in Niagara the obvious answer was Laura Secord. The problem was that the modern Laura had no powerful British Army to beat back the invaders. She would have to do it herself. That's why you see her here in military gear.
The strong red bull in full fighting mode represents Canada. We have values worth defending