Some artist’s work is instantly recognized because of something that they have in their paintings.
For Michelle Pickering it was her peacocks. The colourful bird was featured in a number of her works, including one on her own garage door in the city.
On Sunday (May 24) Michelle passed away at the age of 45 after a battle with cervical cancer. Yesterday she was laid to rest in the Cochrane Cemetery with 37 peacock feathers around her in her casket. Why 37 feathers? “My wife always encouraged my son to follow his dreams and that’s his hockey jersey number,” says Michelle’s husband Chad. “I think she’ll definitely have the most beautiful wings where she is.”
Chad says his wife battled auto-immune disorders like fibromyalgia for much of her life. In December 2018 Michelle was in and out of hospital. In January 2019 the doctors diagnosed her with late-stage cervical cancer. Michelle began to battle the disease and…