Ukraine: Ottawa Valley artist paints sunflowers to support humanitarian efforts

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Ottawa Valley painter Jill Alexander is auctioning off eight distinctive sunflower work in help of Ukraine.

The sunflower, the nationwide flower of Ukraine, has grow to be a logo of peace and solidarity for the war-torn nation since Russia invaded on the finish of February.

Earlier this month, whereas working in her studio, Alexander was watching occasions in Ukraine unfold when one replace struck a nerve.

“The bombing of the maternity hospital,” Alexander remembers, speaking with CTV Information. “My third grandchild was due any day, in order that was a very emotional factor for me.”

Alexander welcomed her third grandchild completely satisfied and wholesome this previous Saturday, but it surely was at the moment that the valley artist took an indication from the universe.

“As they’re speaking in regards to the hospital bombing, I am wanting on the TV and proper beside it’s the large sunflower portray and it simply appeared completely apparent.”

Alexander has now accomplished eight distinctive sunflower work, most within the colors of Ukraine, and put them up for public sale on her Fb web page. She says 100% of the bid proceeds will go to the Purple Cross Ukraine humanitarian disaster fund. Bidding for all eight work ends March 16.

“I really feel like my effort performs a small half in an even bigger effort,” says Alexander.

The 62-year-old painter says regardless of being secure at house 1000’s of kilometres away, her work brings her delight that she is doing no matter she will be able to to assist these affected.

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“If we will all do one thing, it may profit. So, this is not simply me. It is me and my two [helpers] and all these folks which might be bidding who’re making a distinction.”

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