Portraits for Poverty

Commission a Portrait of your loved one to help the men and women in need in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) find shelter and refuge; 15% percent of each and every sale of all commissioned Portraits for Poverty will be donated to Union Gospel Church and their mission. Please feel free to email me directly at contact@courtneycolbon.com if you would like to order a custom portrait, or if you just want to say hello - I love that! All sales are final and no returns for custom orders. Each custom order is $300. (Canadian Dollars) - Payments will be issued via my online Etsy store. Each custom order will be set up for reserve on etsy.

Why am I drawing commissions for Poverty for Poverty?

My story and reason behind Portraits for Poverty is as follows... in the fall of 2007, I moved to Vancouver to attend Emily Carr University of Art and Design at 18 years old. Being fresh out of high school I felt inexperienced, afraid, and alone for the first time in my life - I had a lot to learn about how to get through life ok on my own. While getting around the city my first few times, it became blatantly obvious to me that I wasn't the only one who was suffering in dark feelings of desperation for help and reassurance. According to the Vancouver Homeless count of 2015, wrote by Matt Thomson there's over 1,200 homeless people in this city and close to 500 of those people do not have access to shelters (around I see it in the eyes of the people who are deprived of stability, safety, food, privacy, shelter, and therapy, to name a few. In my opinion, a person who might find themselves homeless might feel afraid and vulnerable every day because lack of control of some elements within their lives. I'm not a mental health or medical professional of any sort, but in my opinion, a person who gets stuck in a dark state of mind can be debilitated from moving forward in many or all aspects of their life.

I don't believe it takes a socially conscious or sensitive individual to realize that Vancouver's biggest problem is probably the number of homeless people. So now I'll share my goal with you. I hope we can help all members of our community; including those people who need our help the most

Sincerely,
Courtney Colbon
June 13, 2016

Portraits for Poverty

Commission a Portrait of your loved one to help the men and women in need in Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) find shelter and refuge; 15% percent of each and every sale of all commissioned Portraits for Poverty will be donated to Union Gospel Church and their mission. Please feel free to email me directly at contact@courtneycolbon.com if you would like to order a custom portrait, or if you just want to say hello - I love that! All sales are final and no returns for custom orders. Each custom order is $300. (Canadian Dollars) - Payments will be issued via my online Etsy store. Each custom order will be set up for reserve on etsy.

Why am I drawing commissions for Poverty for Poverty?

My story and reason behind Portraits for Poverty is as follows... in the fall of 2007, I moved to Vancouver to attend Emily Carr University of Art and Design at 18 years old. Being fresh out of high school I felt inexperienced, afraid, and alone for the first time in my life - I had a lot to learn about how to get through life ok on my own. While getting around the city my first few times, it became blatantly obvious to me that I wasn't the only one who was suffering in dark feelings of desperation for help and reassurance. According to the Vancouver Homeless count of 2015, wrote by Matt Thomson there's over 1,200 homeless people in this city and close to 500 of those people do not have access to shelters (around I see it in the eyes of the people who are deprived of stability, safety, food, privacy, shelter, and therapy, to name a few. In my opinion, a person who might find themselves homeless might feel afraid and vulnerable every day because lack of control of some elements within their lives. I'm not a mental health or medical professional of any sort, but in my opinion, a person who gets stuck in a dark state of mind can be debilitated from moving forward in many or all aspects of their life.

I don't believe it takes a socially conscious or sensitive individual to realize that Vancouver's biggest problem is probably the number of homeless people. So now I'll share my goal with you. I hope we can help all members of our community; including those people who need our help the most

Sincerely,
Courtney Colbon
June 13, 2016