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Natalie Wyss’s portrait of her Grandfather is entitled “Charles Dodsley Walker”. However the picture shows a little boy painted in bright acrylic with a yellow shirt and bold purple background. “I chose a photo of my 91 year old grandpa when he was ‘Charlie’, not Charles.” Natalie painted the portrait in Diana Hemsley’s Dos Pueblos painting class. “I like strong colors and I wanted to accentuate the pattern of shadows and the shine on his hair.” Natalie’s grandfather lives in Manhattan. “He’s still driving and he’s got a dry sense of humor. He tells stories from his life about events that I’m reading about in my history class. He was an organist for the army during the way and he played with military bands.”
Natalie is a Junior in Diana Hemsley’s Painting class at Dos Pueblos High School.
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