Jesse F. says he wasn’t really interested in drawing before he was suddenly inspired to create his Remembrance Day poster, which has recently been recognized in the Canadian Legion Poster Contest. His mother remembers at least one other inspired drawing, when Jesse rendered Batman, in red permanent marker, climbing an embossed-wallpaper-covered living room wall. She was not as inspired by this earlier artwork.
This time, with examples of other pictorial tributes displayed in his Grade 4 classroom, Jesse drew a scene that commemorated the “people who died for us” in the wars. His sensitive line drawing was awarded an Honourable Mention for Black and White Poster in the Junior (Grades 4, 5 & 6) age category, which came with a prize of $50.00. Towards their goal of fostering remembrance in youth, the Canadian Legion holds annual creative art and writing contests, recognizing effort and talent in conveying important messages.
Not only has Jesse shown his respect for our veterans, he has created a work that will inspire others’ contemplation of veterans’ sacrifice. Beyond that, Jesse’s success has helped him discover a previously unacknowledged talent and re-ignited a desire to draw.