Mary Larson’s Griffey-Simpson-Davis Painting to be Auctioned

written by Mikaela Cowles on April 21, 2014 in Announcement and Luncheons with no comments

Ken Griffey Jr., Herb Simpson and Alvin Davis by Mary Larson

By day, Mary Larson cares for Seattle’s poor and homeless. By night, she paints their portraits.

As a nurse at the Harborview Medical Center’s Pioneer Square Clinic on Third Avenue, homelessness is an issue she knows well. She captures it with a vibrant and sincere optimism. Her expressive portraitures of homeless men and women are bright, bold, and beautiful. They’ve earned her national recognition, attracting attention to the Seattle clinic where she works and inspiring support from near and far.

Occasionally, however, others inspire her. Just last year, Ken Griffey Jr., Herb Simpson, and Alvin Davis posed at Safeco Field after Griffey’s Mariners Hall of Fame induction. These three strong men helped change the course of baseball in Seattle. The image of them together stirred something in Mary.

The image of Ken Griffey Jr., Herb Simpson, and Alvin Davis that inspired Mary.

The image of Ken Griffey Jr., Herb Simpson, and Alvin Davis that inspired Mary.

This Friday, April 25, Mary’s painting will be auctioned at the luncheon. Proceeds from the auction will be used to bring Herb back to Seattle during the 2015 Mariners season. Any excess funds will be used to purchase Mariners tickets for disadvantaged youth.

Johnny and Lou PiniellaMary’s Griffey-Simpson-Davis rendition isn’t the only time she has captured a Mariner. She painted Johnny, a homeless man who loves both baseball and cigarettes, with former Seattle Mariners coach Lou Piniella. Lou and Johnny sitting side-by-side, both smoking, was only in Johnny’s imagination. But, Mary captured it perfectly.



Unable to  make the luncheon, but still interested in bidding?

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