Young artist creates portrait of Enfield Police Department K-9

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Enfield/Somers - posted Wed., Dec. 18, 2013
Enfield Police Department K-9 Officer Matthew Worden poses with Falco in front of portrait that was painted and donated by Ashley Caswell. Photo by Lisa Stone.
Enfield Police Department K-9 Officer Matthew Worden poses with Falco in front of portrait that was painted and donated by Ashley Caswell. Photo by Lisa Stone.

Young artist Ashley Caswell was inspired to give back to the community by creating portraits of local police K-9 units. After graduating from Somers High School in 2007, Caswell attended Asnuntuck Community College. While at ACC, she studied realism, and her artistic abilities pointed her in the direction of painting portraits.

Caswell decided to contact Enfield Police Department K-9 officer, Matthew Worden, and ask for his cooperation. Worden gladly agreed and gave Caswell a photo of his police dog, Falco, for this project. After 200 hours of hard work, the portrait was complete. The painting is of Falco leaning out of his handler’s squad car window. Caswell said she has done a few pieces over the past year, and a lot of them were of dogs, so it just seemed a perfect fit for her to create the portrait of Falco.

“Even though I am from Somers, I felt that since I was inspired at the Enfield college, I would start with the Enfield Police Department,” said Caswell. “Last September, there was an unveiling of the portrait at the Enfield police station. It was an awesome experience. The people there were so friendly. I was able to meet Falco and Officer Worden. They were wonderful.”

Worden is extremely impressed with Caswell’s artistic talents. “The portrait is incredible,” said Worden. “I got the call from Ashley requesting a photo to be able to work off of. I sent a picture that I had taken of Falco with his head sticking out of my squad car. I couldn’t believe how great the painting came out. She is extremely talented.”

Caswell is currently working on pieces for a gallery in New York. She has also been commissioned to do other dog paintings. She now has plans to work on other police K-9 portraits in the future.


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