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Missing Child Portrait 50 by johnpaulthornton Missing Child Portrait 50 by johnpaulthornton
Portrait of a "recovered" child.

This is my painting of Jaycee Lee Dugard.

I painted this in 1991, days after she was reported as missing.

CBS Television recently ran a feature about this painting. To see the video, click here: [link]


Jaycee was abducted by strangers in 1991, and this week in 2009, eighteen years later, she was safely recovered. Her whole incredible story may be read, simply by doing a google-search of her name.

She was one of the first portraits I attempted of missing children, in a body of work that now numbers into the hundreds.

Thank you to all of my friends here who have taken the time to support this project.

And to Jaycee and her family, know that this portrait was exhibited on the National Mall, at the White House and the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC, where it was held by thousands of volunteers, as a way to help people connect with you. We never lost hope for Jaycee's return.


John paul
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Catnip1996 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow your work is exquisite! Beautiful colours and beautiful texture in your work.
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al1n7a Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
Wow. Amazing full circle. And a touching memorial to her.
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MeiCheng Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
I remembered seeing you featured on dA a year or so ago, and I was curious to see if you had a portrait of Jaycee Dugard, and as soon as I found it my heart skipped a beat...

After hearing about her in a news report a few months ago I was totally shocked and appalled to hear how she was treated :disbelief: It haunted me and I had nightmares about it a couple of times :fear:

But nevertheless, a beautiful painting :clap:
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EvenDeathLies Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh.... I actually recognized her right away! :o :wow: God bless you and your wonderfully inspiring work!!!!!! :happycry: :love: :heart: :glomp:
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animefreakhacker897 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Student
You are an amazing artist.
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mystickirby Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
no wonder this looked familiar! She was all over the news!!! great job on this
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zillah-nightshade Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
I know that my comment is delayed... however, it really is mere coincidence: I spent the majority of last night reading Jaycee's story on a spontaneous whim. I'd seen her face all over magazines and always intended to learn more, and finally resigned myself to do so last night.

Today, I stumbled upon your gallery, and whose face is staring out at me? Jaycee Lee Dugard.

It's a rather overwhelming sensation.

As one of the previous commenters stated, your gifts and paintings are a blessing to all of us, especially the children and families whose lives have been touched directly by them. You have dedicated your art to a worthy cause. I congratulate you on your successes, skill, and selflessness; thank you for giving your art to those who need it, and to the world.

Best wishes,
Zillah
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Kokopellishuman Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
I read about her story in your news article. It amazed me that I had seen that magazine (the one with her face and everything) and never realized what that all was about. you do beautiful work and the most beautiful thing about it is that you are spreading the awareness of missing children. You are a truly talented artist.
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SandieBlair Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I have featured your work in my journal.[link]
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SheckaTokyomora Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Student General Artist
I love how your paintings are very simple and express what you need to without having to go overboard on colour. Yet the small bursts of saturation really gives it the feel of a child which really brings heart into the art. It sort of feels like if a child put their own soul in the artwork.

Good job ^^
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subearanhuman Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
What an absolutely stunning display of color. I'm not a painter myself, but I understand all the subtle colors and tones that can go into something perceived to the untrained eye as "one color". Even so, it takes skill, dedication, and time to learn to use it correctly, and it's been a long time since I have seen that.

I think it's amazing that after all this time, the girl finally came back home. What you said about this picture being touched and held is beautiful. It makes a person feel good to know that so many people out there do care. It makes the world feel a little less lonely.

Very inspiring and very well done. :clap:
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weknow Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oohthat is amazing
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windbutterfly Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010   Photographer
shocking story an exquisite painting¡¡¡ you have a unique hand
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Cruella1 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
now that she thankfully is returned home again, have you considered the posibility of giving this stunningly wellpainted picture to the family?
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xVIROCHITAx Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
Truely amazing artwork here!
I look up to you for this!
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namelessanatomy Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009
I really love this piece.
I love all the colours too
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georgia-conroy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Professional Photographer
This is a truly stunning painting and an amazing way to make people remember her face. Tis brilliant that she was returned to her family.
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firefoxy93 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, You painted her face very well :nod:
It's incredible that she has been found ... I feel so sorry for her...
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Migitmd Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
A beautiful little girl captured beautifully by this work. And what makes this piece even more powerful and heartwarming is the incredible story behind it.

excellent job.
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JamesMarsano Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
very impressive! i really like your style
im glad she survived. im glad to see your artworks here
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Alright James,

Your sculptures rock. What are your plans after graduation?

John Paul
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JamesMarsano Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you John!

I want to continue my freelance sculpting job and go to community college, I wanted to go to art school, but moneywise. so I might transfer from cerritos to laguna. I've done a research for its sculpting program and it really suits my style=)

James
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Xelig00n Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Your paintings have always been impressive and touching, and the fact she returned makes it even more powerful.

Amazing.
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Her return was amazing!

John Paul
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Prince-Merridew Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful painting, with a beautiful cause.
:3
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Thank you so very much.


john Paul
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A-Ferrari Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
her story is so sad....but at least her relatives got a chance to see her again...
Great, amazing job both with the painting and the help to missing children
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
It is an amazing story.


John Paul
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pisceswitch Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
could* sorry typo.
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pisceswitch Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
...I am simply glad that she colud survive being gone so long. I would have just curled up and died.
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
She must be amazing to have survived.

john Paul
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pisceswitch Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
amazing or very determined.
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zhenzhen Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
remarkable... (nuff said) >u>
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Thank you!
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SandieBlair Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, awesome! God bless you!!!
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
And you...


John Paul
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jmattes Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
When I read what you had written, I felt it too. It's cold chills like these that let me know I'm alive. Thank you. As a mother of an 18 year-old daughter, I'm blessed this and every holiday season. And I send my love, hope, faith, and strength to all parents of the lost and missing. May all endings be as happy as this one. Happy holidays.
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Wow, Judith!

Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful message.


Love, John Paul,
Los Angeles
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jmattes Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the reply. Happy 2010! :blowkiss:
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Aiko-Akita Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite beautiful =] You use it in such a wonderful way. Kudos =]
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
*gratitude*

John Paul
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1hourturns23 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
I've read the story. It's amazing and so sad what one little girl went through. But when they interviewed her, she seemed so strong. I'm just so happy she managed to escape back to her family.
I love the way you captured her in your painting. Your style is completely lovely.
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
She must be an amazing soul.
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1hourturns23 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
I know, that's what I think. She was just smiling. If someone who's been through all that and can still smile like that now I believe she's got some ind of amazing spirit.
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xXEmoXComicXRetardXx Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning. I'm so glad she got home safe :)
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
Yes, a miracle .
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xXEmoXComicXRetardXx Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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nemotional-fool Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
This is absolutely wonderful. I'm in Europe and I heard about her on bbc, it was such a terrible incident :( you've captured her face and charm beautifully and its great to know that there are people like you out there who rekindle hope :heart:
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johnpaulthornton Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009
I love hope.
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Mekiu Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
O.o...spooky
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