Friday, July 9, 2010

Springs artist has Obama portrait in the works

Posted By on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 2:08 PM

UPDATE: July 9, 12:21 p.m.

The artist chosen to paint the Obama portrait for the State Captiol is Sarah Boardman. Boardman, who is originally from England, specializes in portraits (not only of people, but pets as well).

Boardman won't comment at this time about the project, but you can view some of her artwork at and at


According to an article in today's Denver Post, a formal portrait of President Obama is in the works for the third-floor gallery of the Colorado Capitol.

But can it top this?
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House Majority Leader Paul Weissman is leading a fundraising effort to commission a painting of the president (a $10,000 purchase altogether). Massachusetts artist Lawrence Williams has supplied all the presidential paintings for the Capitol in the past. But Williams died in 2003.

Turns out an unidentified Colorado Springs artist will pick up where he left off, capturing this president with a style similar to Williams'.

And, while the politician below surely delivered this quote to be snarky, it's hard to argue that time does fly.

Colorado GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams said that, despite what some state Republicans might think of Obama, his portrait deserves to be in the gallery.

"He is president of the United States," Wadhams said, adding, "They need to get the portrait up soon because President Obama just has two more years in the White House."

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