Source: Legendary Michael Jackson – By Yvonne Verhagen | All Things Michael
To those who still haven’t heard of her name today, I would like to introduce a very talented artist from Hong Kong by the name of Eliza Lo. Over the last years Eliza has created the most beautiful drawings of Michael and, devoted as she is to help continue Michael’s legacy, she is not quite intending to stop doing so in the future. Without ever having had any formal training in her field, and by only using a pencil most of the times, Eliza Lo has proven to be a pure natural talent!
The first time I came upon a drawing of Eliza was in 2010, when I, as a Dutch translator for the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait, was asked to translate a remarkable book, titled ‘Fans in the Mirror’, which was created by Valmai Owens. The book is a beautiful collection of letters, poems, tributes and artwork from fans around the world. Amongst all the absolutely beautiful artwork presented in this book, Eliza’s work somehow immediately spoke to me. I was most impressed by the realistic style of her art. Looking at it gave me goose bumps! It made me feel as if Michael was going to jump out of it any moment! I came to realize that this had a lot to do with the fact that Eliza had succeeded in perfectly capturing the expression in Michael’s eyes. Soon, every time when I came upon another artwork presented in the book, I could easily tell whether it was Eliza’s, just by first of all looking at this ever captured vivid expression in Michael’s eyes. The expression that clearly mirrored Michael’s mood at the very moment that the original photo was taken. Whether he had been sad, happy, excited or contemplating, Eliza’s drawings would show it without exception.
Ever since she was a little girl Eliza loved drawing portraits, but as so many of us may have experienced with our passions, she put it aside for many years due to the course her life took.
Eliza’s first drawing of Michael
She carefully started drawing again in 2007. Never having known much about Michael, only being aware of some of his music, Eliza was asked to draw a portrait of him shortly after his untimely passing. What happened to her while drawing that first portrait of Michael, changed her life. She couldn’t help feeling compelled to find out what kind of person Michael Jackson had been. She started reading and learning everything she possibly could about him, she learned of his achievements in music and of his humanitarian work. She soon came to understand how this man could have such a huge impact on this world, and why people from all over the globe were affected so deeply by his death. Like quite a few of us, she was angry at herself for how little she had always known about this great man.
Not being able to express in words the millions of feelings that were living in her heart when it came to Michael, Eliza started to express them in her drawings. She created drawing after drawing after drawing, and today she still hasn’t stopped drawing him. After she had done around 100 portraits of Michael, she started thinking about publishing a book containing her work, and donating all the proceeds from it to charity. She felt that this was the best way for her to honor Michael and to help him in making his dreams come true.
Having her book completed Eliza knocked at the doors of many publishers, but as she found none of them interested, she decided to self-publish it. Today, people from all over the world are enjoying her wonderful book, which she titled, ‘A Loving Tribute To The King Of Pop, Art Inspired By A True Artist’ and which ended up containing more than 130 beautiful drawings of Michael. In the author’s note from her book Eliza says, Every stroke I put on paper is from my heart and meant to let the world know that he was indeed a very beautiful man with an even more beautiful soul. Every single drawing is done to honor and respect this great man.
Besides publishing her artwork in a book, Eliza also decided to expose it on a website called ‘Fine Art America’. From this website her drawings are available as greeting cards, prints (canvas, metal, acrylic), posters and even phone cases. In this time of the year, also MJ Christmas greeting cards from some of Eliza’s drawings are available from the website.
As mentioned above, Eliza donates all the proceeds from her art to charity. As she especially wanted to help continue Michael’s legacy of caring for children in need, she chose to support a non-profit organization, named‘Feed My Starving Children’ (FMSC). Founded in 1987, FMSC tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to more than 70 countries, where they are used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. Each meal costs 22 cents to produce and contains 20 different vitamins and minerals that are specifically combined to meet a child’s nutrition needs for one day. From the amount that Eliza was able to donate so far, no less than 10,000 meals for children in need could be provided! This certificate shows her most recent donation to the organization.
FMSC reports to be preparing for long-term needs these days. They point out that, with it currently being the planting season in West Africa, the true devastation from the Ebola crisis is only just beginning to show, Due to the number of people affected by Ebola, and extensive fear and lack of education about how the disease spreads, people aren’t working. Crops are not being planted. Farmers don’t have the workforce necessary to plant a majority of their fields, or they are simply not planting at all. Without crops to harvest, food will soon become scarce in West Africa.
If you want to get a glimpse of Eliza’s beautiful book, or if you are, with the Christmas season arriving, perhaps interested in purchasing it, either for yourself or perhaps for someone dear to you as a present, please check for it on her website.
To view or perhaps purchase (Christmas) greeting cards, prints, posters or phone cases based on Eliza’s artwork, please take a look at fineartamerica.com/profiles/eliza-lo.html?page=1.
By supporting Eliza you are automatically supporting the charity of her choice and therewith of course also Michael in his so strong desire to care for children in need.
No one should have to suffer, especially our children.
Michael Jackson, Super Bowl 1993
Artwork : Eliza Lo
Sources : Eliza Lo, FMSC
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