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Portrait of Arthur-2


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Arthur was a twelve-year-old on the autistic spectrum who like to read Ronald Dahl books. His favorite school subjects were Math and Science. He wasn’t sure what he wanted to be, “I’m still young.” But he did admit that it would probably be in science, computers or math.

Arthur participated in Boy Scouts. He earned his First Merit Badge recently doing leather work. He made a knife pouch while at Boy Scout Camp, where he also learned how to make a campfire and had an enjoyable experience.

Arthur also dabbled in theater because both his parents were very active in local theater.

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Portrait of Josh-2


Josh had Down Syndrome, and in terms of his development, his mother said, “It’s a bit slow, but he’s getting there.”

He enjoyed playing with his brothers and had a nice life.

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Portrait of Jonathan


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Jonathan mostly liked playing basketball. He didn’t do much else because he was kind of lazy.

Jonathan was doing well at school. His favorite subject was physical education.

Jonathan wanted to be in the NBA when he grew up. He generally played guard and small forward.

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Portrait of Dave-4


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During Dave’s life, he cycled through a vast majority of the spectrum of baseball: he played, he coached and he umped both baseball and softball. At the time that we met, he was only umping softball.

Dave had stopped being an Umpire for baseball because, “baseball got to be so long and it took longer and longer and longer.” The last baseball game he umped involved the San Diego Padres spring training game against Team Canada and it took about three and a half hours. After that he said, “I’m never going to do this again. And that was the last game of baseball I ever did.”

Dave thought the World Series of 2017 was great, “I was kind of hoping that Houston would win.” But he wasn’t a fan for any particular team, “I grew up in a minor league club, so it was a lot of fun when I was growing up to see all these guys go to the majors, but I don’t really have a team.”

Dave was originally from Rochester, New York, USA. He found himself in California after serving as a missionary in Arizona, then moved to California to join his parents. 

Rochester was famous for the Eastman-Kodak company, the one that made wonderful film, like Kodachrome. He worked there as a machinist and a tool and die maker. I decided to stylize his portrait to look like an old 1960’/1970’s Kodacolor film, to honor his roots.

Not only did Dave work for Eastman-Kodak, but he also played fastpitch softball for the Eastman -Kodak corporate team.

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Portrait of Isabella


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Isabella, a fourth grader, went horseback riding and did Western Pleasure. She liked doing Figure eights and was learning how to trot. She did her Figure eights in a walking gait. Galloping was still hard for her.

Isabella liked math and school reading and art. In art class, she especially like drawing.

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Portrait of Donjae


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Donjae liked to play basketball, especially at the YMCA in Lancaster, California, USA, where he also played tennis.

When he was home, Donjae liked to work on his basketball skills. The only other thing he liked to do when he was home was to play with his dog.

Donjae described himself as an outside kind of boy. When he grew up, he wanted to be either in the NBA or the CIA.

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Portrait of Cornelia


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Cornelia attended California State University Bakersfield (CSUB), majoring in business and planning to work for corporate America as a human resource manager.

Cornelia’s previous work experience was as a receptionist. After looking online and discovering that human resources was one of the business fields, she decided this was what she wanted to do.

With experience working with people, and Cornelia knew she could interact with personnel and run a human resource department.

In this portrait, I caught Cornelia eating a snack and she said that that was just a classic pose for her.

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Portrait of Russell-2


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Russell was originally from San Fernando Valley but moved up to Antelope Valley, attended Antelope Valley High School, received his associate’s degree at Antelope Valley College, earned his undergraduate Communications degree at California State University Bakersfield (CSUB), Antelope Valley campus and at the time of this interview, was studying for a Masters of Science in Administration (MSA).

When Russell was studying Communications, he “didn’t really have any set goals” and was just trying to follow his instincts to see where he fit in the academic world. Russell explained that he was studying for an MSA, “to learn more about business.”

Russell also liked writing, both creative and research.

He was a night crew lead at Food 4 Less.

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Portrait of Savaanah


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Savanna was from the Central Valley area in California, but traveled every weekend to play on the softball team named the Cal A’s. She had been playing softball since she was four years old and played shortstop.

Savanna also ran cross-country and played tennis. But softball was her passion, “If all goes as planned, I will get a scholarship with the University of Delaware playing softball.” She wasn’t sure what her major would be.

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Portrait of Carlos


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Carlos had been working at Subway for a year when we met; it was his second job. His first job was tutoring any and all subjects to children ages five through seventeen.

Carlos graduated from Antelope Valley College with a degree in SELRES_c5cac77f-1d59-4c4d-8853-b24caa06dc47SELRES_8cfe1228-452b-48ad-a8c5-3e50a513bf0dSELRES_a85ac0eb-80b1-4fb7-88de-9c86a4522b88SELRES_6065a923-d4c7-43ca-93f3-4450a88dd206criminal justiceSELRES_6065a923-d4c7-43ca-93f3-4450a88dd206SELRES_a85ac0eb-80b1-4fb7-88de-9c86a4522b88SELRES_8cfe1228-452b-48ad-a8c5-3e50a513bf0dSELRES_c5cac77f-1d59-4c4d-8853-b24caa06dc47. He wasn’t able to go into this field because his mother fell ill and he had to become a full-time care provider for her. He had aspired to be a police officer, but that goal fizzled out after a while.

Carlos’s mother was doing better but was home and could not work.  Because of his experiences, Carlos’ creed was, “Make the most out of every day.”

Carlos liked working at Subway and now and then ate the food there.

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