Houston-based artist Anat Ronen honored the memory of George Floyd in the way she knew best by painting a life-like portrait of him to share with his family.
Ronen used a widely-circulated photo of Floyd as her template.
"I heard some interviews that described him as humble and quiet, a gentle giant, and somehow this photo matches the description in my eyes," Ronen said. "I tried to elevate that photo to another level, where one could feel like he’s staring back at us."
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She was unable to attend the Tuesday march in Houston, but Ronen said she felt a bond with Floyd.
"I felt I had to do something even if I won’t be marching," Ronen said. "So I painted."
Ronen admitted she is a bit of an introvert, even though she participates in festivals across the world.
"It’s when I am not painting, then it becomes awkward. So for sure when I painted, I felt like I am marching with them," said Ronen.
Ronen said she hopes to connect with Floyd's family to give them the painting.
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"I know that painted portraits of loved ones that have died mean a lot to their families," Ronen said. "If nothing else, I know I had to let it out, and I hope it helps the cause and preserves his memory, if only a little bit."
When asked if she has plans to paint a mural in Floyd's honor, Ronen said if the opportunity arises, she would.
"I’ll be able to paint him on a wall for the passersby to view, remember, and carry on his legacy, to stop this nonsense called racism."