Artist Mentors Meridian Student

Noted artist Ronald McDowell visited Marion Park Alternative School Monday to visit a student who has a lot of talent.

McDowell has served as a mentor to young artists, in addition to having a long career as a painter, sculptor, and designer.

He talked Monday with student Adrian Gordon, who started drawing at age five and has been encouraged to continue his craft.

"What he does today can affect the world 20 years from now," said McDowell. "Because it's something that's tangible, people can look at it, read it, study it, grown from it, learn from it and experience it. Through his art he can get the world to experience what he's experienced, through one painting."

"To me, it seems like he's telling me I've got talent. Like, I shouldn't stop," said Gordon. "What I should be doing is just keep going forward. I'm trying to go to college to be an architect, or anything that's got to do with art."

Gordon showed off some of his work to McDowell, who says art is a positive way to express yourself.

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