Steve Elliott’s painting of Dr. Bonnie Henry called ‘Hold the Line’ has been printed on T-shirts as a fundraiser for the Chilliwack Salvation Army. (Submitted)

Chilliwack artist turns Bonnie Henry painting into fundraising campaign

Steve Elliott’s painting is being printed on T-shirts to raise money for the Salvation Army

A Chilliwack artist whose painting of Dr. Bonnie Henry is now in the hands of the B.C. provincial health officer herself has turned that piece of artwork into a fundraising campaign.

Steve Elliott created the portrait in April. It depicts Dr. Henry “holding back” the novel coronavirus with her right hand while clutching a pink-and-red John Fluevog shoe in her left hand, Elliott said. (The shoe is none other than the Dr. Henry Limited Edition John Fluevog leather shoe).

READ MORE: B.C. designer John Fluevog creates shoes in honour of Dr. Bonnie Henry

He calls the piece ‘Hold the Line,’ and after it received such a positive reaction from folks on social media, he has decided to print it on T-shirts as a fundraiser for the Chilliwack Salvation Army.

The shirts are $30 each with net proceeds going to the local Sally Ann.

Back in April, the painting was shared on a Facebook group called Dr. Bonnie Henry Fan Club inquiring as to how Elliott could arrange to have it sent to her.

One month later, after he mailed the painting to her and got confirmation of its delivery, he shared a photo of Dr. Henry smiling and holding his painting. The photo had 250 shares and 3,600 reactions.

To order a shirt, you can email Steve Elliott at tribute@elviselite.com, call 604-793-8367, or you can message him directly on Facebook.

RELATED: COVID-19: ‘The Ballad of Bonnie Henry’ recorded and released


 

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