[TPS] – Retired TPS officer (and renowned landscape painter) lends talent to United Way drive, Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Headquarters, lobby‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Retired TPS officer (and renowned landscape painter) lends talent to United Way drive, Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Headquarters, lobby

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – 5:00 AM
Corporate Communications

A retired TPS police officer is returning to headquarters for one more day at the office to support a good cause.

Internationally recognized painter Tim Packer, who left the TPS in 2000 after 18 years’ service, is using his artistic talent to make a contribution to help the Service reach its 2011 United Way campaign fundraising target of $655,000.

On Tuesday, October 25, 2011, in the headquarters lobby, Tim Packer will create an oil painting that will be auctioned to the highest bidder, with proceeds will go to the United Way campaign.

“We were delighted when the offer was made,” fundraising committee member Sharon Cairns said. “It was like music to our ears. This is a fantastic gesture for a great cause.” Ottawa’s Koyman Galleries, which represent Packer, have already opened the bidding at $2,000. “As you can see, the bar has already been set high,” Cairns said. “One of his paintings, of the size he’s doing for us, normally retails for around $4,000, so we’re hoping that the piece will fetch much more.”

Packer will arrive at headquarters at the crack of dawn to set up his easel and canvas. He has committed to staying as long as it takes to produce the original oil-on-canvas piece, which will be either 30” x 40” or 36” x 36”.

“I know from past experience that, when I paint in this type of situation, there is a heightened sense of focus and excitement that allows me to paint with much greater intensity than usual, for much longer, and often with stunning results,” Packer said. “I am confident that the piece will be completed before I leave headquarters on the night of October 25.”

The bidding runs from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Bidding can be done in person at 40 College Street, or by phone at 416-808-8930. Limited-edition reproductions of Packer’s work will also be on sale during the day at a 10% discount, with 10% of all sales going to the United Way.

Packer’s unique style draws on the deep traditions of Canadian landscape painting, while interpreting the world through a modern eye. His bold oils rely on a strong sense of design and the abstract patterns found in the natural world, often combined with a dramatic light condition.

The George Brown College Graphic Design graduate, whose work can be found in many private and corporate collections, made history four years ago by becoming the first artist to sell over $10,000 worth of paintings at the McMichael Canadian Collection annual autumn sale in Kleinburg. He broke the record a year later, achieving sales of close to $20,000.

Packer, who lives in Whitby with his wife and two children, is the president of the Oshawa Art Association, a past-president of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour and a senior signature member of the Canadian Society of Portrait Artists. Click here to visit Tim’s website.

Constable Wendy Drummond, Corporate Communications

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