Just another day posing for a portrait by a great artist

Armchair Mayor with Kamloops artist Mairi Budreau (photo borrowed from

Routine day this past Saturday. Got out of bed, did the morning chores, caught a bite of breakfast, headed into town to pose for photos that will be used for a portrait by the incredibly talented artist Mairi Budreau.

Seriously. She wants to paint me. And Mark Recchi, Len Marchand, Zophia Cisowski and a bunch of others for a special exhibition she’s planning. I blush at being in such company.

Mairi showed me some of her portraits. Let me tell you, she’s amazing. She reminds me of Ila Maria, a friend from many years ago who began as a wildlife artist and made the transition to portraiture. In Mairi’s case, she began in pencil and now paints in oils.

You can find out more about her at Her objective is to be the greatest portrait artist in the country, and I’m pretty sure she’ll succeed. Even with me as a subject.

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1 Comment on Just another day posing for a portrait by a great artist

  1. Beverly Hewlett // March 14, 2012 at 8:19 AM // Reply

    Hi Mel I just wanted to thank you for your article on manure. Really….. It made me laugh out loud. I too live in the country and share my surroundings with all of of nature (including horse manure) and can totally relate.. Being familiar with fronzen horse poop, one can realize why a carefully chosen piece served as the original hockey puck. Enjoy your columns,

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