Artist to paint live portraits at NoCo Art Studio on Sat. | THE DAILY HERALD

Artist Jimmy Lucero at a live portrait demonstration at NoCo Studio.

TERRES BASSES–Painter Jimmy Lucero will again demonstrate live portrait painting at NoCo Studio in Terres Basses from 5:00 to 8:00pm Saturday, March 16. This open studio and live painting evening will have an added element – a fundraiser.

The fundraiser has two parts – attendees pay US $50 for a portrait-painting lesson with the chance of having their name selected to sit for and keep the portrait. All funds will be donated to Player Development.

Coach Tom Burnett started Player Development in 2002. It provides a safe environment where children can have fun and, after reading, doing homework and activities, they can play baseball.

Island resident Lucero was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. A naturally gifted artist, he was studying oil painting by age 10.

Lucero has been professionally painting since 2003 after earning a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from University of Utah. On completion of his Master’s, he was awarded a Howard Clark Art Scholarship for most outstanding graduate work and has been a full-time professional artist ever since.

While in college, Lucero volunteered and taught mural painting at La Casa de la Raza, a centre for Latino youths. He had no idea that 30 years later, he would be doing similar mural paintings with youths in St. Maarten at American University of the Caribbean (AUC) Medical School.

Since moving to St. Maarten in December 2012, Lucero has begun a series of paintings depicting the immigrant workers on the island. “I choose to give voice to the people who have none and to help people see those who invisibly work among us,” he said.

His current exhibition called “The Wave” is on the walls of Axum Art Café on Front Street in Philipsburg and will continue through April.

Lucero became involved with Player Development through his work with AUC.

Lucero also has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, worked in science laboratories at University of California Davis campus and Stanford University.

The NoCo Studio is located at 39 Falaise des Oiseaux (the road to Plum Bay Beach). After the manned security gate, head straight to the fifth gate on the left. For further information about the fundraiser, call +1-721-523-5039.

Source: The Daily Herald