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Mar 4, 2022

Belizean Painter’s Portrait Catches Attention of the Prime Minister of Barbados

Earlier this week, we brought you the story of Belizean painter, Alex Sanker and his depiction of the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Motley. Sanker was doing the painting live in San Pedro during the CARICOM meeting, hoping PM Mottley would catch wind of the work so that he could hand it over as a personal gift. Well, tonight we can tell you that PM Mottley will be receiving her portrait. Needless to say, Sanker is elated by this development. News Five’s Paul Lopez reports.

 

Paul Lopez, Reporting

Belizean Artist Alex Sanker told us how inspired he is by Prime Minister Mottley, while he painted a piece inspired by her address at COP 26.

 

Alex Sanker

Alex Sanker, Belizean Painter

“What she represents is going to benefit all of us. What is happening this week in our country that I love so much, we are a community in the Caribbean and people like her stands out because she has a passion for what we are trying to expose and also try to get accomplished. I have been looking at her for climate change for quite some time, but when it really shook me was when they had the summit, COP 26, and that speech I could have heard it in her voice and everything.”

 

And, as fate would have it, Prime Minister Mottley heard about our story. We spoke to Sanker at his studio in Belize City today.

 

Alex Sanker, Belizean Painter

“To know that I reached out to do something like this and commit to it, it is almost breath taking. I don’t have the word. It is a huge deal. The average person won’t see it as a huge deal. But, for me I use to record so now you see I don’t put date on my painting them. So when people see this painting they will say this was from when Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados was in Belize.”

 

We sought a comment from her, while she was making her departure from Grand Caribe in San Pedro on Thursday. She spoke briefly.

 

Mia Mottley

Paul Lopez

“There is a painting ma’am, are you going for the painting?”

 

Mia Mottley

Mia Mottley, Prime Minister, Republic of Barbados

“I’m hoping, if you delay me, I won’t reach there.”

 

Paul Lopez

“Where did you hear about the painting?”

 

Mia Mottley, Prime Minister, Republic of Barbados

“Wendy.”

 

From those brief remarks, Prime Minister Mottley was whisked off to the park in San Pedro where Sanker was preparing this masterpiece. Unfortunately, Sanker had already returned to the mainland and was unable to meet her in person. But the work has been left in the safe hands of personnel at Minister Andre Perez’s constituency office.

 

Alex Sanker

Alex Sanker, Belizean Painter

“I am really grateful, and hopefully this interview gets to her, that she took the effort even though her schedule was so tight. She was on her way to the airport or whatever. I don’t know. But, all I know is that I got so much text when I arrived in the city. They were like, Mr. Sanker we are here at the Park at San Pedro. The Prime Minister is here and wants to thank you personally. To really think that she went there in person when she had a tight schedule and security and everything, that is huge, mien, I mean that is huge. My objective was to make her get the painting and that was accomplished so I am grateful and I humble myself with the situation and everything.”

 

Minister Perez’s officer has assured News Five that the painting is being prepared for shipping to Barbados. Reporting for News Five, I am Paul Lopez.


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