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Strokes of genius! A Bettendorf artist is paying tribute to "innocence lost."  Eighty nine year old Ward Olson recently finished a painting he did of the children who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The painting is in the shape of a Christmas Tree. It has the faces and names of the children, along with the words Pain and Love. Olson worked from a magazine cover photo.

Olson says he could feel the pain of an entire community. He says love is the answer to many things in life and the word has always been an important part of his vocabulary. He intends to send prints of the painting to people in that Connecticut community.

Ward Olson has been an artist for sixty years. He works with acrylics. He still has a keen eye for color and detail. His family room is filled with portraits he did of his wife, children, and other family members.

He is also known for his paintings of local landmarks and river boats, including the Mississippi Queen and the Quinlan.

It took Olson about a week to do the Sandy Hook painting. He calls it a labor of love!

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