, Derry, New Hampshire

December 20, 2012

Speed artist teaches more than painting skills

Derry News

---- — DERRY — When speed painter Rob Surette comes to a school for an assembly, his work is fast and furious.

But following Surette’s recent appearance at South Range Elementary, the popular artist took his time to show one student his special techniques.

On Nov. 30, after Surette finished up his swift show at South Rang,e creating huge portraits of famous people like Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa and Albert Einstein, he took time to show one little girl his work and explain to her how he makes the painting magic happen.

Second-grader Jenna Gallichant, visually impaired since birth, was guided up closer to Surette by her aide Rachelle Bourgoin and was able to meet the artist. Since Gallichant could only hear the assembly and could distinguish some of the lighting effects, she was able to feel Surette’s painting and chat with the artist.

Surette asked Jenna who her favorite artist was she told him she liked the lights. Surette also gave her a chance to touch the canvas, feel the painting textures and learn about how he creates his art.