Kinder man honors veterans through portrait drawings

By Crystal Price - bio | email

KINDER, LA (KPLC) - A man from Kinder shows his support for veterans by drawing personal portraits and hanging them at the Allen Parish Welcome Center's wall of honor.

Gary Nupp of Kinder has been drawing military portraits for the last eight years in his "Artist Workshop" where he also teaches others his craft.

Nupp has drawn at least 100 veteran portraits in the last eight years, and 54 of those are hanging at the Allen Parish Welcome Center.

Nupp said the trend started when he received a special request from a family he was drawing portraits for.

"I was doing portraits for this one family, and they asked if I would do their father who is a Vietnam war vet," said Nupp.

Nupp had no idea at the time he would soon be doing so many military portraits throughout the next eight years.

"The next thing you know I've got about 4 or 5 people coming to my door at my house asking me to do the very same thing," said Nupp.

Nupp eventually contacted the tourist commission in Allen Parish to see if he could display the portraits of local veterans at the welcome center.

While some veterans on the wall are still alive, for those who have passed away the memory is that much greater through the portrait.

"I make these people immortal, they will never die," said Nupp.  "When you get one of these pictures to hang on your wall then it's forever."

While Nupp is a veteran of Vietnam, he has yet to put his portrait on the wall of honor at the welcome center.

"I will probably one day do a self portrait, but right now these guys are more important than I am," said Nupp.

As this is a service he can do for his fellow comrades through his pen of patriotism.

"That's how I salute the boys and girls who did their job before I did mine," said Nupp.

If you are interested in having someone's military portrait done, Nupp does the job at no cost.

All you have to do is mail their portrait, name, rank, and what year they served to the Artist Workshop at 505 First Avenue in Kinder, Louisiana.

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