|Nathaniel proudly showing off his two final paintings in my studio and achieving his Art Merit Badge.|
I've been busy in my studio during the past 8 months with painting, open studios and basically working all the time. My latest news is that my friend Nathaniel just earned his Boy Scouts of America Art Merit Badge. His Dad and I worked with him for 6 months developing a specialized a art program that would allow Nathaniel to prove that he could fulfill all the requirements to achieve the merit badge. Nathaniel is 14 with Downs Syndrome and a remarkable young artist. He shines in painting, especially when he can narrate while he's painting. He fills the room with his joy while he's making art. We'll get started on his sculpture Merit Badge soon. I forgot to mention that I'm a Certified BSA Merit Badge Counselor. I love working with the boys on helping them achieve the next level on their way to becoming Eagle Scouts.....and many of you thought the Boy Scouts were all about camping and hiking.