While working for the Drake General Store this past year I have been designing and developing co-branded Arborist merchandise of the RCMP that has Mounties all over it. It has been a fun way for me to design and learn about the once mysterious Mountie. Now I’m a fan.

There are some key details of the famous uniform… the Scarlett Red Surge Military Style jacket, and the Midnight Blue Breeches with the yellow stripe down the outside seam of each leg. My favourite detail is the brown wide-brimmed campaign hat! Very Classy. I quickly learned that the brown leather holster is known as the Sam Browne belt and it is supported by a narrow leather strap passing diagonally over the right shoulder. I will be sure to post the new collection of Merchandise for DGS As soon as we launch, but in the meantime, an exciting coincidence happened and that is what I am sharing with you today.

One day, a gorgeous blonde gal named Randi sent me a photo of her boyfriend and herself and requested a portrait. She had it all planned out, colour palette and all. Since it was a gradient of aqua tones – I thought she definitely came to the right place. But, I practically fell off my chair when she explained that her bf happens to be an RCMP! Ironically, I was in the middle of drawing up all-over prints of Mounties doing things! I even shared with my colleagues the coincidence the next day. The little symbol on his shirt, just happens to be the Mountie Logo that I know so well.

I was thrilled about this painting request! Not only because of the Mountie coincidence, but also the sweet gesture of wanting a painting together for her man, as a gift. It reminded me of the first portrait I did of my husband and I years ago!

The best part is…I actually learned something new about the RCMP – Some of their girlfriends are babes! Haha, well Alexandro’s is, that’s for sure!

Randi in her own words….

1. Who is the painting of?

The painting is of my boyfriend Alexandro and I.

2. Why did you decide to get a painting made? Who is it for?

The painting was a Christmas gift for my boyfriend Alex. He is a really eclectic collector, collecting artwork, movie posters, antiques, video games, and RCMP memorabilia (he is a member) among others.  The first time I visited his apartment, he took me around telling me the story and lore behind each item so his passion was obvious. I really wanted to get him something he could put on display with his other collectibles and something that would be completely custom and one of a kind. Being that we’re both also romantics, I thought a portrait of the two of us would be something we could cherish together as we grow. Your work came up on my Facebook feed and I just loved the style and there the idea was born. Now there is finally something to put up on the one piece of wall in our home I made him leave for me!

3. Are you happy with happy with how it turned out?

I am very happy with how it turned out. I didn’t know what to expect, but as soon as you sent me the picture I had the biggest smile on my face all day.

4. Was the receiver pleased?

Yes Alexandro really loves the painting. It was a big surprise!

5. Anything else you would like to share about the people in the painting or the painting itself?

Just that you’ve done an amazing job to create this piece of my best friend and me. His shirt was customized perfectly with the heraldic badge of the RCMP as per my request and the colour scheme was exact to what I had asked for.as exact to what I had asked for.

Thanks again Randi ~ Wishing you and Alexandro a wonderful New year 2017 and a lifetime of love and happiness XO