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Local Artist Teams Up With Warriors For Special Olympics

Brett Howden has been spending a good chunk of his time this season helping out with Special Olympics Moose Jaw and at Diversified Services.

The 17-year-old forward with the Moose Jaw Warriors has made a connection with everyone involved with both organizations and that led to a pretty special item being up for auction at Friday night’s Warriors and Legends Hall of Fame banquet.

Daniel McMillan, who works at Moose Jaw Diversified Services and is also a painter, decided to paint a portrait of Howden in game action.  That painting was then donated to the Warriors with the funds going to the charity of Howden’s choice.

“I cornered Brett and asked him if he’d be interested in me doing a portrait of him and we would sell that portrait with 100-percent of the proceeds going to a charity of his choice,” said McMillan.  “Brett ended up choosing Moose Jaw Special Olympics, so it was great, everything came back full circle.”

The portrait was put in the silent auction on Friday night at the Heritage Inn and after an intense bidding war, it eventually went to Todd Hudson for $2,100.

“It’s an 18-by-24, acrylic portrait of Brett in an action pose in the arena, doing his thing,” described McMillan.  “He has this very intense look about him, he looks very focused and I tried to capture that as well as I could.”

“The total time at the easel, approximately 20 hours.”

The portrait is one of a kind and really shows the connection that Howden has been able to make with those he’s partnering with at both organizations.

“When Brett chose Special Olympics Moose Jaw as his charity, it was just beautiful,” said McMillan.  “We met through him coming in to support people that I support and then it comes around to supporting people that can use the help.”

McMillan has been painting for around six years and he does commissioned work.  More information about McMillan and his art is available at his website, http://vector11.webs.com

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