The Portraits of Honour Tour was in Bathurst on 7 November.
Dave Sopha has been airbrushing murals and paintings for the past 38 years. The Portraits of Honour mural stretches 10 feet tall by 40 feet wide and features the faces of the 158 Canadian soldiers, sailors and aircrew who have lost their lives in Afghanistan.
Originally started in artist Dave Sopha’s private studio, it quickly grew to require more space and was moved into the studio created at Kin Canada’s headquarters located in Cambridge, Ontario.
Since he began in December of 2008, Dave has painted an average of 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. Despite efforts to have him slow down, Dave cannot seem to tear himself away from his mural. He feels an overwhelming obligation to each soldier, sailor and aircrew, and to each of their families to make each portrait perfect.
Here Dave Sopha is chatting with local soldiers about their experiences with the Canadian Forces.