This life-sized limestone sculpture depicts a soldier returning from active duty.
The work was commissioned by the British Columbia Dragoons to commemorate its 100th anniversary in 2011. The work was donated by the Dragoons to the City of Kelowna.
While also a painter and portraitist Frances Brazeau’s’ principal medium is stone. Much of her sculpture is glyptic, i.e., directly carved to free the image inside. Often, rough stone remains. Other works are modeled to exploit natural tones and texture or to allow casting. Frances has exhibited and taught painting, drawing and sculpture across Canada.
“The 'Coming Home' sculpture was inspired by the several sketches I did when my husband informed me that the British Columbia Dragoons were trying to think of something special to help celebrate their 100 anniversary. I chose one that I felt most depicted the feelings of both the Armed Forces and their families.....soldiers coming home being greeted by their loved ones. The Canadian Armed Forces has played a large role in my life. My father was in the first world war, my husband was in the Artillery and one of my grandsons is in the Reserves. I have always been proud of our Canadian Armed Forces.”