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Pansy Prints for a Cause

In May of each year, Laurie releases a limited edition print of one of her pansy paintings. All proceeds are donated to charity.

2022 Pansy Print

Pansy 12 - Nora's Flower

Pansy 12 is one of a series of paintings created by artist, Laurie Koss, for her 2017 solo art show, Pansy. She has dedicated this painting to her Aunt Nora, who passed away August 30, 2021 at the age of 95.

All proceeds from the sale of these limited-edition prints will go to YMHC (Youth Mental Health Canada) in honour of Nora’s interest in the well-being of youth. The donations will help fund mental health resources for youth – very much needed as more adolescents than ever are experiencing mental health issues aggravated by home, social, and educational disruptions of the pandemic.

Nora was a treasure to all who knew her. Her positive, upbeat outlook on life saw her through raising seven children on her own, and her deep faith helped her weather all of life’s challenges. Everyone knew her as a source of strength, wisdom, and incredible wit. Nora enjoyed playing bridge and was a whiz at word games. During the pandemic, she quickly became adept at using an iPad to play online Scrabble and to maintain contact with family from all over.

100% of proceeds of the sale of Nora’s Flower prints will be donated to YMHC.

16x16 limited edition prints - $125 CAD each

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2021 Pansy Print

Pansy 3 - Monique's Flower

Pansy 3 | 24x24 acrylic on canvas by Canadian Artist, Laurie Koss who is known for her big flower (macro floral) paintings and her Pansy Stamps.

Pansy 3 is one of a series of paintings created by artist, Laurie Koss, for her 2017 solo art show, Pansy. She has dedicated this painting to her cousin’s daughter, Monique Napier, who passed away in 2019 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

In her family’s words:

“We believe that Monique was one of those enlightened souls. Her positive attitude and infectious laugh affected everyone, making this world a brighter place. She was taken from us far too soon at the age of 39 years but lived her short life to the fullest. She had a passion for adventure, sports, travel and photography. Monique loved her family and was blessed with a loving husband and two beautiful children. Family and friends were always high priorities for Monique.

She was a brave warrior, battling brain cancer for six years. During this time, she continued working as a professional photographer. She volunteered her talent and skills to create memories for families with special needs children. She got involved with the brain cancer society through starting an online support group. She also completed the two-day “Ride to Conquer Cancer” in 2014. 

Monique was forever grateful for the love and support of family, extended family, friends and the Squamish community for their generosity through multiple fundraisers, the Go Fund Me for Mo, the West Coast Railway Heritage Park’s “High Tea,” the train meals, backyard concerts, flowers, massages, medical home visits, and frequent help and visits from family and friends. It is all the above and more that gave her the encouragement and strength to keep fighting this disease. Monique’s mantra was ‘LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH.'”

All proceeds of the sale of these limited-edition prints will go directly to help fund brain cancer research under Dr. Brian Thiessen at the BC Cancer Agency.

16x16 limited edition prints - $125 CAD each

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2020 Pansy Print

Pansy 22 - Helen's Flower

Pansy 22 | 24x24 acrylic on canvas by Canadian Artist, Laurie Koss who is known for her big flower (macro floral) paintings and her Pansy Stamps.

Pansy 22 is the final painting from Laurie Koss’ 2017 solo art show, Pansy. It is the second painting released as a limited-edition print for a fundraiser in honour of a special woman. The original painting, owned by Anne Pistawka, has now been renamed, “Helen’s Flower,” after Anne’s mother.

In Anne’s words:

“The inspiration behind renaming Pansy 22, “Helen’s Flower,” stems from a series of events I like to think of as kismet. I knew my neighbour and childhood friend, Laurie Koss, was working on a collection of pansy paintings after successfully launching her 2015 Canada Post pansy stamps. 

I watched Laurie create pansy after pansy in different colours and varieties and was drawn into her creative process. It was around this time my mother, Helen, an artist herself, passed away from complications due to a stroke. Incidentally, she and Laurie had shared a love of art over the years.

My 95-year-old aunt remembered my mom as, “A little girl with huge blue eyes, the pale color of Maggie Mott pansies.” Upon investigating this pansy, I discovered it was exactly the one Laurie had just painted, so I purchased it, and now “Helen’s Flower” reminds me daily of my mom: her energy, resilience, creativity, and, of course, her beautiful eyes.”

All proceeds from the sale of Helen’s Flower prints will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

16x16 limited edition prints - $125 CAD each

Original Pansy Print (Released 2017)

Pansy 17 - Gillian's Flower

In Memory of Gillian White, 1961 - 2018

This painting is one of a series of 22 created by artist, Laurie Koss for her 2017 solo art show, Pansy. She dedicated Pansy 17 to Gillian White, a friend who was a 5th year survivor of terminal colon cancer. To Laurie, Gillian was simply the epitome of strength, determination, kindness and love.

Limited edition prints and blank greeting cards of Pansy 17 – Gillian’s Flower are available for sale. All proceeds supporting Canadian Colorectal Cancer Research in honour of Laurie’s good friend Gillian White who recently passed away from the disease.

16x16 limited edition prints - $125 CAD each

5x5 greeting cards ($5 CAD each or ten for $45 CAD)

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