Local artist honors Las Vegas victim

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Tri-State woman is among the artists chosen to take part in the Las Vegas Portrait Project.

In it, artists from all over will create a portrait in honor of each of the 58 victims of the Las Vegas massacre, and those the portraits will be given to each victim's family.

"You could choose the one that you wanted if they were still available. Well I thought that's the only thing I could think of that would be something I could do for them so I applied and received word last Saturday I was accepted," Cheryl Metzger said.

Metzger, from Felicity, Ohio, picked Candace Bowers. A 40-year-old single mother of three from Garden Grove, California.

"My own daughters are about that age and they both have three children. So you know, I felt  a connection and I felt bad for those children," she said.

Now Metzger will be painting for them. Using her 50 years worth of experience making art, 10 of those using colored pencils, which she said allows for more detail.

She said you can be meticulous.

"I know how much I care for just photographs of my family that are gone so I'm hoping it will give them a little bit of peace or healing," Metzger said.

She said creating art also makes her feel much the same way.

"It takes you to another place is when you are working on it. It's peaceful and I feel accomplished when its finished... and if it looks like the person and I can feel their strength in the picture it makes me feel good," Metzger said.

She has until June to get the project done.

After that the families of all 58 victims who were killed, 36 women and 22 men, will receive the works of art of their loved one.

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