In February, Kissimmee resident Colin Boyer, 19, an alumnus of Valencia and a junior at Ringling College of Art & Design, presented former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with a portrait he was commissioned to paint of her, during a talk she gave at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota.
The Ringling Library Association had commissioned Boyer to paint the portrait of Rice, whose talk was part of their Town Hall Lecture Series.
Boyer attended Valencia in 2008 as a dual enrolled student, while simultaneously earning his diploma from Celebration High School. His time at Valencia provided him opportunities to tap into his creativity and earn scholarships for his art.
You can view some of Colin’s work at ColinBoyer.blogspot.com.