This is a local East Vancouver family. I haven't properly met them (the portrait was commissioned to be a surprise gift from their friends), but I heard beautiful stories of them that impressed on me their strong sense of home, and their creative spirit.
This painting reflects what I really love about this city, and I see a lot of it in this neighborhood. The vegetable gardens, the chicken coops, the home-roasted coffee beans, the art projects, the potlucks, the knitting/sewing/felting of garments, the home-made soaps... I could go on.
It's creative people nurturing their home, family, community.