Cirillo painting raises money for son
Artist Katerina Mertikas was in the mayor's boardroom at Ottawa City Hall on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 helping unveil an original painting that honours murdered soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. Proceeds from sales of the print will go to Cirillo's five-year old son. JON WILLING/OTTAWA SUN/QMI AGENCY
A painting honouring Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the soldier who was murdered at the War Memorial last month, will help raise money for his five-year-old son Marcus.
The original painting, called Honouring My Father, by local artist Katerina Mertikas was unveiled Monday in the mayor's boardroom at City Hall.
Mayor Jim Watson said thousands of children visit the his office each year.
"This will be an opportunity for me to talk about Cpl. Cirillo," Watson said.
A gunman killed Cirillo while he guarded the War Memorial on Oct. 22.
Mertikas was deeply moved by the tragedy and she was compelled to pick up her brush.
"It just came to me, as a vision, to do this," Mertikas said.
Many of Mertikas's artworks depict children, so when she was painting she decided she must include the young boy in the piece.
A enhanced print will also hang in Jean Pigott Place on the first floor of City Hall.
Prints of the painting are $124 and are available through Koyman Galleries. All profits will be donated to the trust fund for Marcus Cirillo.
There were already 500 prints sold as of Monday.