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TIMOTHY THE TURTLE

Another image I painted years ago from the South hi Mount Elementary School library mural. The library had a pet turtle that would interact with the students. He started out small but grew big both in size and importance. The turtle would nap, except when classrooms came into the library. He would gaze out upon the crowd of students, find and hold eye contact with a student, drawing that person closer to the aquarium. Perched on a stone, he would stretch-up encouraging contact.  A soft touch on his shell or to those he was most comfortable, the top of his head, not all students had this privilege just a few.