I was contacted by a friend an fellow artist in the project Rob Hessler about the opportunity. I was given Anthony Luis Laureano Disla’s name and immediately started my research. Anthony was an exceptional person, beautiful and talented beyond measure. Such star quality exuded from his photos and video performances. It was a very emotional experience to create his portrait, one of the most difficult I have ever done because I wanted to make sure to do him justice, to create a piece that would honor his memory for family and friends. I did not know Anthony, but came to care deeply for him and what happened to him. I will never forget him. I am so honored to be a part of this project along with so many incredible artists coming together to try to make a difference. To share with love and compassion to try to help heal. My deepest condolences to his family and friends and to all who have lost in this terrible tragedy. I am so sorry for your loss.
Kristy Brucale Jach is an artist living in Boonton, New Jersey. Kristy is an art teacher at a therapeutic high school, co-owner of Speakeasy Art Gallery, and founder of Boonton Arts Organization dedicated to transforming community through creativity.
Artist’s page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kristybrucalejachart/?fref=ts
Kristy’s gallery website: www.speakeasyart.com