Not long ago in a conversation with Dan Bartels, Principal of OPS Alfonza W. Davis Middle School, Marissa Eyman, a student at the school, was brought to our attention. After reading and watching the horrific news relating to the tragedy of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Marissa wanted to do something to help. Because she is passionate about art she decided what better way to honor and gain support for Puerto Rico than to create a painting.
Her hand drawn 16x20 acrylic is a representation of Puerto Rico before and ader the devastating Hurricane Maria. On the left of the painting you will see a representation of Old San Juan of Puerto Rico before the hurricane struck. The main character, the sato street dog, in a shirt with a Puerto Rican flag in the shape of a heart, is seen happily walking around its beloved town. She is enjoying the day surrounded by the beauty of Puerto Rico.
Whereas on the right the painting shows the town, once very beautiful, but now completely devastated by the storm. Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday, September 20 at 150mph. Victims described the storm as a "giant tornado."
The Sato portrays the emotions that many Puerto Ricans felt at the moment. But the real main characters are Puerto Rico and its citizens, illustrated by the pride depicted on the left and the pain on the right.
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