When local artist Liesel Peterson drew an image of the late Terrill Patterson on his bike, she never knew it would garner so much praise and attention.
There were several requests for a print, and Liesel sent it as a gift to many family members and friends, and even sold some copies of her art.
She used some of her funds to create Terrill’s Way street signs that were placed along Government Road from the Brackendale Art Gallery as a way to honour him.
Now, Liesel has made 100 T-shirts, emblazoned with the iconic image of Terril on his bike.
They are available at Empire of Dirt in Downtown Squamish for $30, with the proceeds going to the Terrill Patterson Memorial Fund.
“As an artist, I’m hoping the District will let me paint a mural of Terrill someday, but I’m also open to the other memorial options that have been brought up for discussion,” she says.
Liesel says she had many roadside conversations with Terrill and admired his integrity and dedication to the town.
“I appreciate those people who aren’t afraid to stand out in society. Nobody was going to tell this guy his outfit wasn’t fashionable, because he wasn’t vain or self-conscious like that.”
The image of Terrill on his bike is deeply embedded on her mind, she says.
“That image of Terrill on his bike was for me a deep-rooted connection from the past into the future of this town.”