“In memory of Samantha Quinn – always and forever a ‘beleafer’ in the Toronto Maple Leafs”
Her brother, Mike Quinn, commissioned me to draw this in her memory since she was always fond of my work over on Twitter. Sadly, Sam was taken away from us due to cancer a few months back…one of her last conversations on Twitter she said, “I remember us talking about you drawing Grabovski someday!” Well, I was so backed up when she originally wanted the portrait that I never got around to it until it was too late. Her brother emailed me about a month ago asking me if I could draw this in her honour – so, here is my memorial portrait to Samantha…I present to you, a Mr. Grabovski portrait, even if its extremely late. I am so sorry I couldn’t do this sooner…”
If any of you are active in the Twitter world of Leaf Nation, you’re probably familiar with the handle @leaferbeleafer. A longtime Leaf fan, Samantha Quinn was responsible for the coining of the now-commonly used #OMGrabovski that tends to explode across my Twitterfeed anytime our favorite Belorussian lights the lamp. Unfortunately, Samantha passed away recently, and her brother has taken over the Twitter account. He recently commissioned a very talented digital artist, Que-ink, to commemorate one of his sister’s passions, and she has more than done so with this impressive digital portrait. A number of Twitter users intend to promote this picture under the hashtag #OMGrabovski, so keep your eyes peeled for that, and do us all a favor and pass it along yourself.