Monday, May 14, 2012

# 69 Luis- One Hundred Alla Prima Portraits of American Teenagers


"Most teenagers are concerned these days about playing video games, going out with friends, going to college and finishing high school.  It depends on where you live also, like if you live in Camden (NJ),  you would be concerned about being safe and protected.  Living in Mooretown (NJ), it would be more about what college you might get into or sports." (What is the most difficult issue teens are faced with today?)  "Peer Pressure, not having parents, a mother, or a father."  (My hope for the future is) "No more poverty".

Luis is the first of a group of students I will be painting from Urban Promise Academy in Camden, NJ. He was really charming, and wonderful to paint! I was asked to paint the seven graduating seniors, to honor them at this time of promise. The portraits  will be given to them at the graduation. Additionally, several other teens from Urban Promise will be posing, including Luis, who is a junior. 
 " The mission of UrbanPromise is to equip children and teens with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and leadership rooted in the principles of Christian faith. As a non-denominational organization, the UrbanPromise community seeks to fulfill this mission through after school programs, summer camps, alternative schools, job training initiatives and a host of other programs that challenge youth to develop their academic, social, creative, spiritual and leadership potential. Unique to the vision of UrbanPromise is a commitment to involving local teenagers (StreetLeaders) in the tutoring, mentoring, and coaching of younger children in the community. By involving teens in the leadership process, UrbanPromise is creating a new generation of young, visionary leaders who embody a commitment to change their own community".


  1. What a great project in which to be involved! Great painting!

  2. This is a wonderful portrait of Luis, Natalie!!. I'm sure he will love this it...