I was contacted by a paramedic who was part of the first responder’s team that attended the tragic bus accident involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus. She had an amazing idea for a drawing that she wished me to create. We discussed several ideas that she wished to have incorporated into the drawing, and I had suggested a set of faint wings behind the paramedic in the artwork. She responded with a firm “NO” at that idea, and went on to say that she didn’t want the paramedic depicted that way.
“This is going to sound odd to you but this is our job good or bad this is what we do. We are not angels, we do this because we love our jobs. And have chosen to do this job because we love it. I know that people in the public think we are, but it’s just not what we are about.”
This response from the paramedic is what inspired the title of the drawing. It also prompted me to get a little more creative.... so I added a reflection of St. Michael in the windows of the ambulance. St. Michael is the patron saint of police officers, EMT's and paramedics.
Limited edition giclee prints will be released for sale July 1st, 2018.
If you are interested in the process used to create this artwork, stay tuned for my upcoming blog post about the steps involved!