Terry Fox | Impact Magazine

It was an honour to paint the legendary Terry Fox for Impact Magazine’s 25th Anniversary cover. It’s truly amazing how much money he has raised for cancer research worldwide.

Terry Fox Portrait | Impact Magazine | Jacqui Oakley Illustration

In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy. The annual Terry Fox Run, first held in 1981, has grown to involve millions of participants in over 60 countries and is now the world’s largest one-day fundraiser for cancer research; over C$650 million has been raised in his name.

Terry Fox Portrait | Impact Magazine | Jacqui Oakley Illustration

The magazine wasn’t sure if they wanted the background to be a landscape or a bold colour so I painted Terry with a forest/highway scene behind him and then digitally gave another bolder red background. Here’s the alternate:

Terry Fox Portrait | Impact Magazine | Jacqui Oakley IllustrationTerry Fox Portrait | Impact Magazine | Jacqui Oakley Illustration

Thanks art director Logan Johnson for having me be a part of this. I believe the original painting will auctioned off for charity at a later date and I’ll post more information about that once I get it! 
If you’d like to help out Terry’s cause you can go to Terryfox.org to donate and help raise more money for cancer research.

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Category: Editorial, Magazine Covers, Portraits
Client: Impact Magazine