Thursday, December 4, 2008

Carl Hess: Knoxville, TN

Carl Hess began painting when he was 5 years old.
But art was merely a childhood hobby until his sixth-grade teacher noticed his talent. Now the 21-year-old's artistic ability is giving him the opportunity to paint portraits of nationally recognized figures like Barack Obama.
"I've always been motivated to paint the next big person, and I feel like I've reached it," Hess said.
The University of Tennessee senior has painted two portraits of Obama and has had the opportunity to personally present both to him. Hess presented the first portrait, which depicts the president-elect against the backdrop of the American flag, to Obama at the NAACP's July convention in Cincinnati.

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