Sketches by Michael as well as a signed portrait of the entertainer will decorate the walls of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Prince, Paris and Blanket guided by auntie La Toya and grandmother Katherine, were on hand Monday August 8th to unveil the donated artwork. They include a dozen sketches drawn and signed by Michael and a photographed portrait of him.
Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, 9, signed their names alongside their father’s signature on some of the artwork. “You look at this, it makes you happy,” La Toya, said during a ceremony at the hospital. “They’re whimsical, they’re magical and there’s just joy and peace. I know that when you see this and the kids see it, it will bring some type of joy to them, and at the same time I know it will bring joy to my brother as well.” She said Michael would appreciate the artwork being placed in “a hospital like this that will help children and people everywhere.” | The artwork was donated from the private collection of Brett Livingstone Strong, an artist and friend of the Jackson family. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and mother, Katherine, were also on hand for the event. Mary Hart, a hospital trustee who helped arrange the donation with her husband, Burt Sugarman, hailed the presentation of the artwork, which will be displayed around the hospital’s new building. “To have the Jackson family here, to show a side of Michael Jackson here at Children’s hospital that the world is totally unfamiliar with is incredibly exciting,” Hart said.