The Only Girl

My model is Boston Police officer, Seanad Coyne. She went to an all-girl’s high school and when she told her friends she was thinking about joining the Air Force they said she was insane to make that decision. However, after graduation she joined the Air Force and trained as a nurse. Officer Coyne is the…

Born to Shine

I chose to paint a police officer because they represent a hero capturing villains and putting them in jail. This painting shows an officer in a park, watching like a hawk, doing his job, making us safer. My model, Office Grubbs is very humble, peaceful and laid back. That’s why I painted him in a…

Work in Progress

Everything we do is indeed a work in progress. Nothing is ever really done, it’s only abandoned…but one of the steps you must take as an artist is knowing when to abandon a piece of work. My model, Chantette, was very generous with her time, coming in to pose for me whenever she could. With…

Believe You Can Accomplish

I feel great about participating in this program. I met a lot of interesting people, a couple of police officers, an EMT, a fighter fighter and a US Marine Corps veteran. I also met the Dudley Square muralist who taught me to mix colors to get skin tones. My model is Colton, an EMT. We…

A Person, Not a Color

My model is a veteran of the US Marine Corps and she was one of the only women on the base where she served. She told us that as a woman Marine she had to prove that she was as capable as the male Marines. She told us a story about Marines running up a…

A Smart Choice

The man in this portrait is an alert and wise Boston police of- ficer. Sitting on a wall watching for criminal activity. His name is Jerry Smart, and he has been serving as an officer of the Boston Police Department for over 30 years. This is my first ever painting. I feel proud of myself for…