Gov. Lincoln Chafee has selected the artist who will paint his official portrait. The Rhode Island artist beat out 123 others in the national search.
Julie Gearan said there was something about the fact that she’s not a traditional portrait painter combined with Chafee not being a traditional politician that drew her to apply for the job of painting his official portrait.
She’s chatted briefly with the governor and says horses have been ruled out, along with other props and settings. “I do know that he is interested in something that is not the traditional portrait of man in his office with books. So that makes me happy,” said Gearan.
State law requires the commissioning of an official portrait before the governor leaves office. Gearan said Chafee’s will be done by the beginning of next year.
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