Lt. Governor Steven L. Point (Xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl) Portraits - Unveiling
Government House, Victoria, British Columbia

Premier Christy Clark and
Lt. Governor Steven L. Point
unveil the offical portrait
November 1, 2012
(photo courtesy of Government House)

Lt. Governor Steven L. Point
and Michael Cooper, President of the Government House Foundation
unveil the portrait gifted by
the GHF to the Points

(photos courtesy of Government House)

David attended the November 1, 2012 unveiling of his two oil portraits of the Honourable Steven L. Point (Xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl), British Columbia’s 28th Lieutenant Governor.

David’s goal was to portray the intelligence, dignity and humour that is an integral part of His Honour’s nature.

Both of the portraits feature aboriginal art, part of the Government House collection, as well as the 20 kilogram traditional uniform of B.C.’s Lt. Governor. Also depicted are the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal, the Order of British Columbia Medal and the Knight of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem medal.

“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. A big man with a huge heart.”

Before accepting Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s invitation to become Lt. Governor of BC, Steven Point was an elected Chief of the Skowkale First Nation, a tribal chair of the Sto:lo Nation Government, a Provincial Court Judge, and Chief Commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission as well as many other significant achievements and honours.

David was deeply touched by a speech that His Honour gave at a charity event that addressed the lasting value of the arts in all cultures. Lt. Governor Point brought a personal touch to his support of the arts and understanding of B.C.’s aboriginal culture by personally carving a canoe – his first – and erecting a copy of an historic pole carved in 1959, named Hosaqami, in the Government House Gardens. As well as supporting the arts, he focused on youth, literacy in remote communities, and B.C.’s first aboriginal army cadet corps.

Also hanging in Government House are David's official portraits of the Honourable Iona Campagnolo, BC's 27th Lt. Governor and the Honourable James Dunsmuir, Lt. Governor 1906-1909.

(photo courtesy of Government House)

 

Lt. Governor Steven L. Point (Xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl)
Official Portrait, Government House

 

Lt. Governor Steven L. Point (Xwĕ lī qwĕl tĕl)
Collection of the Honourable Steven L. Point