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Point made on Shawnigan canvas

Steven Point, as captured by Shawnigan artist David Goatley. -
Steven Point, as captured by Shawnigan artist David Goatley.
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If you judge it by the amount of local appearances he made, Steven Point may have been Cowichan's favourite B.C. lieutenant-governor.

So it is only fitting his official portrait was painted by a Cowichan Valley artist

Two portraits of Point painted by Shawnigan Lake artist David Goatley were unveiled last month following the retirement of B.C.'s 28thLieutenant Governor. One of the portraits will hang in Government House and the other was purchased by the Government House Foundation as a gift for the Point family.

"It has been a great privilege to paint a man who has given so much to our province and whose great wisdom and good humour is apparent not only in his words but in his face, Goatley said in a press release. "(He's) a big man with a huge heart."

The official painting features the traditional uniform of the Lt. Governor as well as aboriginal art that emphasizes that  Point was the first BC Lt. Governor of First Nations origin.

These aren't Goatley's first commissions for the Queen's B.C. representative. He did one of Iona Campagnolo and a posthumous portrait of James Dunsmuir.

"One of the gifts I receive as a portrait painter is meeting so many interesting people," Goatley said.

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