Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy works off the stress of the job by painting
Deputy Tony Lipps (Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW)
HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -
A 10 year veteran of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department spends his working hours patrolling the streets of Columbia Township and when he wants to unwind he comes to his Avondale studio to paint.
"I started out as a kid. I mean I've been painting all my life. I went to college for art," said Deputy Tony Lipps.
Not wanting to be a starving artist after college, Lipps joined the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department where the pressures can be great.
"Working at the sheriff's department - there's a lot of stressful times that you deal with and sometimes you need to vent and this is my best vent. Art helps me calm down and, you know, just relax," Lipps said.
Lipps likes to paint sports figures and even sold one during the All Star Game for $3,000.
He also has painted portraits of his fellow officers who have passed away such as, Roger Hinkel, who died of cancer and Nick Hoevel, who passed away of a heart attack.
Lipps has also illustrated a children's book, which he says he did in a week. He's been painting in his Avondale studio for a month and where he can fully explore his art.
"What I like about painting is how dynamic it can be. I like the colors. I've always loved the pairings of colors. I tend to evolve my talent. I'm always moving on to something else," Lipps said.
Sheriff Jim Neil says the people who serve in law enforcement do more than just wear a badge and gun. They're talented writers, builders, singers and of course artists.