High School Portraits

From the hands and hearts of
Eagle River, Chugiak, West, Bartlett, East and Service High School students and staff

Click on the artwork to see the original “selfie” that was

submitted by each healthcare worker

“Blessed to be able to serve my community. What an honor! Thank you!”
Lauren (Registered Nurse)

“I hope you enjoy your portrait because I had so much fun drawing it. I chose to do this project because I want to go into the medical field (neurology) and I am so inspired by you guys.”
Artist: Emma (Eagle River HS)
Pencil
“During the pandemic I have worked providing care for athletic injuries at the high schools, screened patients at the clinic and performed COVID testing.”
Tiffany (Certified Athletic Trainer)

Artist: Jazzie (Eagle River HS)
Colored Pencil
“My niece has the kindest heart and is also one of the bravest women I have ever met.” -Albert
Rosangelica (Registered Nurse)

Artist: Samaria (Eagle River HS)
Pencil
Brittany (Registered Nurse-Anchorage School District)

“Thank you for all of your hard work and dedicated time towards battling Covid-19.”
Artist: Kelli (Eagle River HS)
Mixed Media
Rachel (Registered Nurse)

“I really hope you enjoy this art. Thank you so much for all you’ve done and are doing for our community. Stay safe!”
Artist: Courtney (Eagle River HS)
Watercolor
“Thank you for the work you are doing!”
Janet (Nurse Practitioner)

Artist: Jacob (Eagle River HS)
Pencil
“Dressed for helicopter medevac”
Peggy (Critical Care Flight Nurse)

“I thought your photo was so cool. And your gear was really fun to recreate. I just wanted to say a big thank you for looking after our community and providing help to those who need it the most.”
Artist: Anna (Eagle River HS)
Marker
Heather (Emergency RN)

“When I saw your picture, I saw strength, and someone who cares for others.”
Artist: Jacob (Eagle River HS)

Pen and Watercolor
Troy (Registered Nurse)

Artist: Brinley (Chugiak HS)
Digital
“Carpe Diem”…Latin for Seize the Day.”
Nicole (Emergency RN)

Artist: Rylee (Chugiak HS)
Pencil
Rosemary (Registered Nurse)

Artist: Brinley (Chugiak HS)
Digital
“I love working with children because they are creative and fun. Thank you for your artistic efforts. What I am wearing is called a power air purifying respirator or PAPR.”
Scott (Pediatric Cardiologist)

Artist: Nathan (Chugiak HS)
Digital
“Drive up shots because during a pandemic we have to remain diligent.”
Ralph (Caregiver Health)


Artist: Zachary (Bartlett HS)
Pencil
“Back in time literally…… April was light years ago. Stopping for a quick “Don’t mess with me pose!”
Renee (Registered Nurse-Intensive Care Unit)

Artist: Loreley (Bartlett HS)
Pencil
*(Registered Nurse)

Artist Gwen (Service HS)
Mixed Media
Elisha (Orthopedic Surgeon)

Artist: Riley (Service HS)
Digital
Eryn (Registered Nurse)

“Painting you was a privilege. Thank you for keeping our community safe!”
Artist: Zoe (Service HS)
Acrylic
Erika (Registered Nurse)

Artist: Riley (Service HS)
Digital
Lisa (Cardiac Sonogramer)

Artist: Riley (Service HS)
Digital
Emily (Licensed Practical Nurse)

Artist: Mili (Service HS)
Watercolor
*Nurse

Artist: Kadence (Service HS)
Oil Pastel
“What a wonderful idea. The pandemic has been very dicult, especially during the holidays. We have overworked, understaffed and exhausted! This project spreads a little cheer and hope and is much appreciated!”
Allison (Registered Nurse-Intensive Care Unit)

Artist: Leah (Fine Arts Coordinator: Anchorage School District)
Shawn (Housekeeping-JBER Hospital)

Artist: Abigail (Eagle River HS)
Digital
Laura (Hospice Nurse)

Artist: Jacey (Eagle River HS)
Pencil
“I work in outpatient pediatrics and our goal has been to keep kids healthy and immunized during the pandemic.”
Katie (Nurse Practitioner)


“Thank you for everything you’ve done to keep our community safe. Here’s a picture I created for you, so you know how much you are appreciated.”
Artist: Sophia (Eagle River HS)
Colored Pencil
“I am a school nurse with the Anchorage School District. This was my first day on a vaccination strike team. We headed out to the Fire Training Center and Fire Station 1 to begin our first day vaccinating our Anchorage Fire and EMS personnel with the Pfizer Covid Vaccination.”
Jennifer (Registered Nurse-Anchorage School District)

“Thank you for everything you have done, I really appreciate it.”
Artist: Miana (Eagle River HS)
Colored Pencil
“This picture is from the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. I took a little break from all the PPE gear we needed to wear. The Shaka sign is a symbol of love and Aloha and to keep the faith. I am from Hawaii and the Shaka is very symbolic. I love being a nurse and taking care of people. It makes me feel happy to be able to help others. Keep up the good work, wash your hands, and wear your mask. There will be brighter days ahead!”
Kristen (Registered Nurse)

“I read the description you sent in and put some real thought into it. I looked up the Hawaii state flower and made sure to incorporate it. Thank you so much for everything you have done.”
Artist: Brooklyn (Eagle River HS)
Digital
Kasi (Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician)

Artist: Caleb (Eagle River HS)
Pencil and Marker
Abby (Dentist)

Artist: Claire (Eagle River HS)
Oil
“Giving Covid vaccines to 65+”
Catherine (Registered Nurse-Anchorage School District)

*Artist: Chugiak HS

Digital
Liezel (Registered Nurse)

Artist: Jaemarc (Chugiak HS)
Digital
Ryan (Emergency Medical Physician)

Artist: Taylor (Chugiak HS)
Digital
Joyce (Registered Nurse)

Artist: Alayna (Chugiak HS)
Pencil
“This was a photo of me getting part 1 of my Moderna Covid vaccine. As a doctor it was a memorable day, and I’ll remember it as one full of gratitude for science and hope for a return to some new sense of normalcy.”
Carla (Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician)

“Thank you for letting me draw you. I am so happy that I could show you how much I care for all of the health care workers like you. You inspire me to go to college and become a nurse myself. Thank you for what you do, and for taking a risk every time you go to work.”
Artist: Breanna (Bartlett HS)
Colored Pencil
“I work with children to help them have a healthy heart.”
Kitty (Nurse Practitioner)


Artist: Claire (Bartlett HS)
Pencil
*Panna (Registered Nurse)

Artist: Anna (Service HS)
Digital
Melissa (Registered Nurse)

Artist: Lee (Service HS)
Pencil
Clairesse (Registered Nurse)

Artist Rylee (Service HS)
Digital
Regina (Registered Nurse)

Artist: Kiana (Service HS)
Pencil
Eugene (Orthopedic Surgeon)

Artist: Dulcy (Service HS)
Mixed Media
Hannah (Registered Nurse)

Artist: Sophia (Service HS)
Tempera
Coleen (Registered Nurse)

Artist: Nina (Service HS)
Watercolor
*(Registered Nurse)

Artist: Riley (Service HS)
Digital
*Dr. Flanum and Registered Nurse

Artist: Sierra (Service HS)
Tempera
“This was the first shift I took giving vaccines. It’s been a long emotional year and this finally felt like the beginning of the end of this craziness. I live here with my husband and our kids, but all of my family are in England and I haven’t been able to visit. For my next photo, I want to be taking a selfie with my mum and dad.”
Tasmin (Emergency RN)

Artist: Brooklyn (West HS)
Watercolor
“Thank you for your contribution of original artwork in our battle against COVID!! Blessings to you on your high school journey.”
Andra (Registered Nurse)


Artist: Jess (Chugiak HS)
Digital
*Lynn (COVID Testing)

Artist: Riley (Service HS)
Digital
“I have been working with COVID patients ever since this pandemic started. I love to take care of others. It’s been hard but my heart is in it, and I will continue to do this until it’s over.”
-Rhonda (Certified Nursing Assistant)

I have a hard time talking about my piece as I usually prefer to let the art speak and let people interpret it for themselves. However, what I wanted to focus on in this portrait was the eyes and the expression on the face, which was a look of fierce commitment and service. The hospital lighting and protective gear blued the skin, which is part of the working conditions in a hospital setting. So I worked to bring more warmth to the face and interpret the humanity. I chose not to paint the reflection or some of the other details because I thought it would detract from the person. I wanted to focus on honoring the person. I have three immediate relatives who were involved in responding to the COVID crisis and I think it is tremendous work. I felt like the expression on her face was a timeless look of nurses who have served on America’s front lines in wars and times of crisis since we became a country — I have seen that look in photos from different times. It is just a refusal to succumb and a tireless work ethic that has brought hope to Americans for centuries that has steadfastly seen us through some of our most challenging times. I tried to capture that same look.
Artist: Siobhan (Teacher: East HS)
Oil
*Nurse

Artist: Hailey (Service HS)
Charcoal
*Panna (Registered Nurse)

Artist: Corin (Service HS)
Watercolor
*(Registered Nurse)

Artist: Kiana (Service HS)
Pencil
“Thank you! After this crazy year, thank you for honoring myself and healthcare workers! This is a great reminder that we are appreciated when we are exhausted and I, for one, truly needed this! Thank you so much for this honor.”
Regina (Registered Nurse-Anchorage School District)


Artist: Megan (Teacher: West HS)
Digital
Hannah (Registered Nurse)

Artist: Tayla (Service HS)
Charcoal
Amy (Registered Nurse)

Artist: Tempest (Bartlett HS)
Colored Pencil
“First COVID vaccine given.”
Margaret (Nurse Practitioner-Cardiology)


Artist: Bri (West HS)
Digital
*Nurse

Artist: Riley (Service HS)
Digital
Bethany (Registered Nurse-Anchorage School District)

Artist: Crysta (Bartlett HS)
Pencil
Cynthia (Registered Nurse-Anchorage School District)

Artist: Ryan (Teacher: Baxter Elementary)
Lisa (Echocardio Sonographer)

Artist: Sierra (Service HS)
Pencil
Ali (Registered Nurse)

“Thank you for your service!”
Artist: Emily (Eagle River HS)
Colored Pencil
Megan (Registered Nurse-Anchorage School District)

“Thank you for your hard work! You do a lot for this school. It was an honor doing your portrait.”
Artist: Kadee (Eagle River HS)
Pencil
“Stay safe and healthy. Wear your mask, social distance, wash your hands. Don’t do it just for you but for the ones who can’t protect themselves.”
Lara (Registered Nurse)


Artist: Trinity (West HS)
Acrylic
“This is my amazing daughter Kayla James. She works in the ICU at Mat-Su Regional. Such a hard worker, and definitely my hero!” -Robin
Kayla James (Registered Nurse-Intensive Care Unit)

“Thank you for everything you do for our community. I hope you enjoy this portrait of you!”
Artist: Natalie (West HS)
Digital
“I am looking forward to seeing the artwork! Have fun and study hard! Thanks! #washyourhands #wearamask #socialdistance #vaccinate”
Sarah (Registered Nurse)


Artist: Samara (Chugiak HS)
Digital
*(COVID Task Force Screener)

Artist: Tayla (Service HS)
Tempera
*Lynn and Cal (COVID Response Team)

Artist: Riley (Service HS)
Digital
“This is a selfie I took during a mass COVID testing project that several ASD nurses and I undertook with the Anchorage Health Department. Myself and many other ASD nurses worked with the Health Department on COVID testing and/or contact tracing all through the summer months.”
Susan (Registered Nurse-Anchorage School District)


Artist: Amanda (West HS)
Acrylic

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