Posted by Phil Morris (Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada) on 24 February 2014 in Art & Design and Portfolio.
One of the biggest trials in Canadian history was that of Colin Thatcher for the murder
of his wife JoAnn Wilson. I had been in New York for quite a while and I knew pretty
much nothing about Thatcher. My father was attending the trials on a daily basis and
the papers and the t.v. news put this out as their biggest story yet. I had to admit that
the trial's reporting was fascinating. Otherwise I will usually watch no television with a
murder and I never read murder books or magazines.
I decided to make a postcard or card to take up some of my evenings spare time and
first went to obtain a photo and got one of Thatcher being led into the courtroom and
that became the iconic photo of him I needed. I was very much into the " Interview "
magazine art and decided for a very colorful background. I made the card and spent
much time hand coloring it with airbrush paints, doing it like a mass production one
area at a time. I sold them for 5.00 each and found it was a good way to make some
extra money I needed before my father got re-married.
I got a job with the government and sold these to a lot of the people I worked with
including the manager's secretary who bought quite a few. I had heard that Thatcher's
lawyer even had a couple copies, even though the trial and lawyer were in Regina and
I had come to Saskatoon to work. I really enjoyed this work to make the extra money.
People got a great laugh out of the card and it seemed everyone wanted one, I did
quite well with the card. I guess my only regret looking back was that I did not promote
it better, in both cities of Regina and Saskatoon, as I probably could have made a lot
more money in the process !~