White Plains H.S. senior's emotional portrait graces cover of literary & art book

White Plains High School senior is showcasing the meaning of a picture is worth a thousand words.

News 12 Staff

Sep 17, 2020, 2:31 PM

Updated 1,377 days ago

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White Plains High School senior is showcasing the meaning of a picture is worth a thousand words.
Nathaniel Fields drew a portrait, titled "Deliverance," in November 2019. This March, it was chosen to grace the school’s literary and art book.
Co-editor and chief of the 2020 ROAR Lauren Azrin said in a statement, “The piece was chosen because of its power. Not only is it drawn so beautifully and realistically, but it holds so much meaning and depth. The choice to make only the tear in color added so much to the piece. When we pitched it to the other editors, they were unanimously in agreement.”
Nathaniel says he wanted to draw a piece that was important to him and that others can connect with.
“As the months went by, the climate sort of changed. And you know, the piece kind of took on a new light of its own, and it meant more than just being vulnerable. Black people have been through a lot and so much, and again it's OK to be hurt,” says Nathaniel.
He further went on to say that once he saw the video of Ahmaud Arbery being gunned down, he realized the piece was no longer about him anymore - it’s about all Black people.
News 12 is told the art and literary book prints 400 copies of every edition at the end of the year. It is then distributed free of charge to whoever would like a copy.
To view more of Nathaniel Field's art, visit his Instagram page.


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