Ohio college student paints tribute portrait to mark 50th anniversary of JFK's death

OXFORD, Ohio - The nation will pause to remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Friday, Nov. 22 and to mark the event, an Ohio college student painted a tribute portrait of the late President.

President Kennedy was shot while riding in a limousine with first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally and his wife Nellie in downtown Dallas on November 22, 1963.

To commemorate the anniversary, Patrick Geyser, a junior at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio painted a contemporary painting of the late president.

Geyser, also the editorial cartoonist for The Miami Student newspaper, created an abstract oil painting honoring the legacy of JFK.

Geyser said the image of the painting was modeled off Kennedy's presidential portrait and then painted with the colors of fall.

"I created angel wings behind the President by stamping actual leaves on the canvas to create texture. Nature is a strange thing. When leaves change colors, they are beautiful but in reality, it is the end of their lives. Death can also be a beautiful thing because legacies live on, just like leaves, that come back each spring. Kennedy's death was the beginning of his legacy. He left so much behind for others to take hold of and move forward with," said Geyser.

Geyser is a business marketing major at Miami with a minor in art.

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