Red Deer’s Haley Abrahamsz didn’t expect her chalk drawings to get so much attention.
“I was just doing it because I wanted to at first. But I’m happy this blew up the way it did,” said Abrahamsz.
The 17-year-old recently used chalk to create drawings of a horse and a dinosaur on the sidewalk by her house.
A post on The Advocate’s Facebook page, containing a link to a story about the young artist’s work, has received more than 800 likes, 260-plus shares and nearly 50 comments since being posted last Wednesday.
“I am very grateful to have this response, and I’m happy to share my artwork with everyone, because this is such a hard time right now. I’m glad my art is being looked at as a good thing for everyone to see,” Abrahamsz said.
Her mother, Colleen, posted photos of the drawings on social media as well.
An Edmonton woman, whose grandparents live in Red Deer and have been struggling with physical distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saw photos of the artwork online.
The woman reached out and asked Abrahamsz if she would be willing to create a chalk drawing of a horse on the sidewalk by her grandparents’ home.
“They’re having a really hard time right now, so … I went to their street and drew a horse with a flower by it for her grandparents,” said Abrahamsz.
The Edmonton woman “wanted me to draw a horse because her grandfather had worked with horses, and I drew a flower because her grandmother really liked gardening.”
Abrahamsz said she’s received a few other requests for artwork.
“Someone wants me to draw a rainbow on her garage door, so I’m looking forward to doing that for her as soon as my fingers heal.”
After working outside, her hands were sunburned and scraped from rubbing on the cement, she said.