This past April, the lovely women at Taproot Magazine reached out to ask if I would paint them a portrait of Marion Stoddart for their summer issue "Grow". I was delighted! Marion is an inspiring example of the impact one person can have on their community. Shortly after moving to Massachusetts in the 1960's, Marion was appalled by the state of the Nashua River. The local paper mill was dumping their waste into the river making it toxic and uninhabitable for for wildlife and people. The odor was intense. This was before the days of the EPA or any government regulation. So Marion organized her community and over the next few years they cleaned up the river, regulated the Mill and today the river is teaming with wildlife and recreation.
This was an honor to paint! Marion is a true inspiration.