One of my most precious possessions is the above portrait, which was painted by Marta Alvarez. The portrait was gifted to me as a surprise and I hold it very close to my heart.
Marta was born in Chile and moved to Canada in 1972. In addition to her passion for painting, she has developed a love for psychology; and, fortunately for me, became my student in 2000.
She is an internationally recognized artist, and has had portraits commissioned in Canada, Spain, the United States and Chile.
Marta, like all of us, has faced many challenges in her life, and she is a true testament to the happiness that comes from living life to the fullest and being positive. She is now happy in her retirement.
I am truly privileged to call Marta my friend.