Stephanie's Heroes: Erika Dyer

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

September 24, 2012

One Greene County student is making a difference with art. In this week's Stephanie's William Monroe High School senior, Erika Dyer is using her skills to touch a family that recently lost a loved one.

When it comes to art, Erika Dyer certainly knows her stuff.

“Erika is an awesome artist her portrait skills are incredible. She works quickly she pays a lot of attention to detail,” said Beth Laine, Art Teacher, William Monroe High School.

That's why it was no surprise that students in Beth Laine's art class chose Dyer for a special assignment.

She had just two days to create a portrait for the family of a Sam Taylor. He was a teen recently killed in a car crash in Albemarle County.

“The women sent me a photo of him and I gridded everything and got it done fairly quickly and very well,” said Erika Dyer, Art Student, William Monroe High School.

Family friend, Tracy Bizzarri, reached out to the art department at the high school requesting a portrait that would later be on display at a special reception held in Taylor's honor.

“I talked about this with my students and said this family is going through a very difficult time. It's time for us to step up to the plate and help them out through our skills and through our talent.

Although Erika has been drawing since she was a child, she has never shared her drawings. She says it felt good to give this one away.

“I was ecstatic that she loved it and I felt really good that it made a difference for somebody,” said Dyer.

Dyer says this may have been her most difficult homework assignment, but it was definitely the most rewarding.

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