Zbyniew Kupcynski drew on his rich family history in this painting, and those distinctive details shine through in this bright, bold piece. His vivid style is so distinctive that it appears that he inhales life and exhales it onto the canvas. This piece features his father, who was a decorated officer in the Polish army during WWII. Though their family escaped Poland through Romania, his father left them behind and went to England to help in the war effort. This history is referenced heavily in the painting, particularly his father’s military uniform. Kupcynski’s own iconography is present, including his tendency to put a tree somewhere in many of his paintings to represent the Canadian identity he has built.