Florida artist paints portraits of homeless

PALMETTO — Elayn Leopold has seen first hand the hardships this economy is throwing at local residents.

So the Palmetto artist did something about it.

For the past year, Leopold devoted her life and skill to an art project that shows the faces of homeless and struggling residents throughout Manatee County.

The artist didn't stop until she completed 100 oil portraits.

"One of the things that I thought this project could serve is just for others to see the variety of people that are experiencing difficulty," Leopold said. "I think so many people have the idea of a homeless person as just the scruffy person on the street trying to get money at the curb."

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