Multitalented Yorkton artist Irene Svenson works in all forms of media. Whether it’s oil paint, ink, or collage, chances are this artist has worked with it.
A retired practical nurse, Svenson took to the arts -- initially as a diligent student and eventually a formidable artist in her own right, who often donates her artwork to worthy causes. She was recognized by the Province of Saskatchewan as a goodwill ambassador, and has travelled to over seventeen countries.
Now, the veteran artist has lent her considerable talents to a new piece of artwork in support of the Humboldt Broncos.
“It's a collage,” said Svenson.
“The lady that did the framing at Frameworks, she said it really hits home. I got Yorkton in there. I got the crash site. It's the history of it. I call it a tribute to the Humboldt Broncos. Then there was a couple from Goodeve in there [Frameworks], and they saw it when I was paying for the framing. They said, 'Oh, that's nice. Where did you get all of this?' and I said 'I read. I read a lot.' “
In order to ensure accuracy, Svenson said she had to get a lot of material.
“You know, artists sometimes goof things up, and I didn't want to be one of those. I did my homework, so to speak, so that everything makes sense.”
The piece recounts the tragic events surrounding the collision leading to the loss of the entire young SJHL team.
“It's a big production.”
The piece, which is formally entitled ‘A Tribute to the Humboldt Broncos’, is being donated to the Humboldt & District museum.