Who’s your Hero?

Pandemic Portraiture during an unprecedented historical time

These are two local heroes hand-drawn in Charcoal, a media that goes back thousands of years, to commemorate and honor their selfless frontline work to help others. Joe Dinova, a third generation grocer, provided groceries while keeping his employees on staff and safe. Patience M. from the Naugatuck CVS put herself in constant contact with the public by providing pharmaceutical services. These portraits have been gifted by the artist as a token of thanks during an unprecedented worldwide health pandemic.

Pandemic Charcoal Portraits by ShawnaLee

Who’s your Hero?

Commission a 14×11 inch Stunning Charcoal Portrait of your Hero! These portraits are incredibly unique, historically important and significantly therapeutic!  We are going through an unprecedented worldwide pandemic and our lives have been turned upside down with no clear end in sight. We are feeling raw. and exhausted.  Lift your Hero up today!

When you order your Heroes Portrait, you will:

  • Take charge and write the history for tomorrow. Each portrait will have a copy made that will be shared with a historical society.
  • Give a nod of thanks to those who are on the front-lines.
  • Help yourself feel better by recognizing other’s selfless acts.
  • Renew your purpose by creating something with lasting impact for not only your Hero and their family, but for generations of scholars to come.
  • Support a local artist during a pandemic.
  • Make the world a better place for yourself and your hero!


A) Simple background $600 + tax (Pharmacy technician example above)


B) More Detailed/symbolic background $900+tax (Grocer example above)

Each Charcoal portrait comes with a complimentary neutral mat in a protective sleeve with a certificate of authenticity hand signed by the artist.

Your satisfaction is a very important part of the artistic process! A photograph of the artwork will be emailed to you for approval. When you are thrilled with your portrait, a Safe Pick up at the artist’s studio in Middlebury CT is arranged OR You may opt for shipping for an additional fee. Balance is due in full prior to pick up. Portraits take about two weeks from start to finish depending on studio volume.


  1. Pay a $50 deposit to: ShawnaLee Kwashnak, 59 Bioski Rd. Middlebury CT 06762
  2. Email ShawnaLee a photo of your Hero: artist@shawnalee.com or artistshawnalee@gmail.com
  3. Approve your portrait. pay balance & arrange safe pick up!
  4. Host your own Unveiling party to celebrate! (you can do this on Zoom!)

Note: This Portrait offer is ONLY for Heroes. Your Hero must be shown in action similar to the example portraits. A brief reason of why your subject is a Hero, what they do etc. will be needed by the artist as well as the full subject’s name & town of residence. All Hero portraits may be included in future publications/books & shared with historical societies. Your participation (& subjects) grants permission to the artist to tastefully share.

If you have any questions about this offer, please reach out to the artist: artist@shawnalee.com or artistshawnalee@gmail.com 203 598-0065

See other Hero Portraits! Visit Facebook Portraits by ShawnaLee Faces of Pandemic Front Lines