BC Artist ‘Pencil Fingerz’ Donates Painting Honoring Paramedics – Smithers Interior News

An artist from Chilliwack has donated a painting he created honoring frontline workers to BC paramedics.

Davis Graham, also known as “Pencil Fingerz”, revealed the original painting and presented it to British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) on May 19.

“I wanted to paint something to honor the paramedics who put their lives on the line at risk during the height of the pandemic,” Graham said. “At the very beginning of the pandemic, no one left their homes. Everyone was afraid. And yet the paramedics were there on the front line – continuing their work.

The play is called “Beyond the Mask” and the presentation took place at DelaSalle Station in Burnaby with Leanne Heppell, Executive Vice President and Chief Paramedic of BCEHS, and Neil Lilley, Chief operation.

“Beyond the Mask” by Davis Graham. (Davis Graham – Pencil Fingerz)

The work contains many images, some hidden, including an image of the Coronavirus. The middle number represents female, male and non-binary employees.

“I deliberately show fear and exhaustion on their faces to reflect what I imagined they were feeling at the time – and also to acknowledge that it’s okay to feel completely defeated by something” , said Graham. “It’s an attempt to try to understand how they felt at the height of the pandemic. I hope they feel seen and understood.

Graham credited Fraser District BCEHS Patient Care Delivery Manager John Semple, who helped him with the technical aspects of the uniform and with organizing the painting presentation.

The BCEHS will make 5,000 limited edition prints of the painting and give them to all paramedics across the province to honor their work.

“Davis has done a great job capturing the intensity of the past two years and honoring the work of paramedics, telephonists, dispatchers, patient transfer coordinators and other frontline staff, and we are very grateful for the generous donation of his works,” Heppell said. “We are sending a printout to all of our employees, to show our appreciation for their dedication, kindness and professionalism every day, especially during these difficult times with the pandemic and the current toxic drug crisis.”

Originally from Chilliwack, Graham currently lives in Vancouver and works as a tattoo artist.

Davis Graham, aka Pencil Fingerz, donated this original painting to British Columbia Emergency Health Services.  (Submitted by BCEHS)

Davis Graham, aka Pencil Fingerz, donated this original painting to British Columbia Emergency Health Services. (Submitted by BCEHS)

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