Arts & Culture
2:51 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Gov. Chafee Picks Rhode Island Artist For Official Portrait

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.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has selected Rhode Island artist Julie Gearan to paint his official portrait
Gov. Lincoln Chafee has selected Rhode Island artist Julie Gearan to paint his official portrait
Credit file / RIPR

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.

Painting by artist Julie Gearan who will paint Gov. Lincoln Chafee's official portrait.
Painting by artist Julie Gearan who will paint Gov. Lincoln Chafee's official portrait.
Credit Courtesy: Julie Gearan

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.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org