Had a delightful time at Greek Embassy in Ottawa in February.
When the new ambassador to Canada from Greece asked to meet with me I was very happy to oblige.
Upon hearing that he would love some artwork, I jumped on the suggestion and created a piece that symbolized 2 great countries. Of course Canada being one and Greece the other. In this 18×24 vertical piece painted on canvas in acrylic I captured both the Parliament buildings in Greece and Canada, our local church in Ottawa, the Ottawa Canal and ended the piece with the Embassy of Greece on MacLeod Street. In my typical fashion my art would not be complete without some children and I inserted a little boy and a little girl carrying the flags. The mountains behind the Greek Parliament represent Greece and the blue skies remind me of my homeland. The evergreen trees are a symbol of Canada for me.
The reception at the embassy was very well organized and many invited guests enjoyed drinks, the unveiling and a lovely buffet meal following, in the grand dining room on Queen Elizabeth drive in the lovely official residence for the Ambassador Marcantonatou, and his wife Vasso Tsirou Marcantonatou.
My art shows and special appearances give me joy to have my family attend as many as they can. Below are my parents Antonios and Georgina Patrinos, my grandsons Dimitry and Christo Zigoumis, Katerina Lavictoire and Gina Mertikas Lavictoire. Absent from the photo are my brother Harry A. Patrinos who resides and works in Washington D.C. and my son in laws Constantine Zigoumis and Sean Lavictoire (little James is not in the photo).
It’s with pride and honour that a special evening was held for this occasion and it was my treat to see this painting now part of the permanent art collection at Ambassador Marcantonios residence.