These paintings arose from a project of collaboration between myself and Chor Leoni, a renowned all male choir based in Vancouver B.C. At the invitation of Erick Lichte, Artistic Director, I was tasked with creating a work of art that would reveal the inspiration, reflect the devotion, and tell the stories that might make more evident the endless dedication of these men to each other, the choir and to their audiences at home and abroad.
I gave the men a few open-ended questions and invited them to answer by email, phone conversation or visit. These questions I felt might be useful as springboards but were meant to be discarded as necessary, simply signposts to begin to understand the story of each man’s wonderfully unique journey to singing in Chor Leoni. It was from these remarkably deep, heartfelt and insightful responses that i crafted the poem embedded in these paintings.