Kevin West, from Indianapolis, has been a professional contemporary abstract artist for over 17 years. He’s the founder of Gifted Custom Art.

When he was battling stage-3 cancer, he let his love of art distract him from the treatments. He tried to come up with ways to teach low-income kids the love of art.

It was scary being diagnosed, West says. But he knew through his faith, that he would be okay.

He wanted to figure out a way to teach as many people as possible how to paint portraits. The idea came to West when he created a simple paint-by-number portrait for his daughter and niece to paint of themselves. He then reached out to his friend Kelly Hipskind and the two began Gifted Custom Art.

This is Kylee Presnell from AmeriSchools Academy for Bear Essential News.

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