"This is a body of work intending to depict the strength, dignity, grace, humanity, and beauty of the people of Vancouver who are passed by every day: the residents and community members of the Downtown Eastside, a few of whom are Megaphone Magazine vendors. Through this collection of oil portraits, I hope to remind everyone that we all belong to one greater, global community.
Through the sales of my paintings, I will be donating part of the proceeds to organizations that are helping manage addiction, mental health, homelessness, or social housing, in this case, Megaphone. Megaphone Magazine is a social enterprise offering low-barrier employment for people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Vancouver and Victoria. I am also donating part of the proceeds to each of the subjects who are the heart and soul of this project."
photo documentation by Joseph Therrien