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Mercer County artist uses chalk drawings to bring hope and healing

Posted at 7:15 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 23:40:17-04

MERCER COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Mercer County artist is using chalk drawings to bring hope and healing.

April Turpen of Harrodsburg is putting her passion on the pavement. It’s a skill she says she just picked up two years ago.

“I’ve always had low confidence when it comes to drawing and I was shocked really that people liked it,” Turpen said.

She says she has a lot of sources of inspiration, but the coronavirus is top of her mind right now.

“At first I think a lot of people don’t take it serious. And to see you know his (Karl Anthony Town’s) young mother just pass from it is just heartbreaking,” Turpen said.

That heartbreak led to an incredible piece of KAT and his mom.

Some of Turpen’s previous drawings, like one of Andy Beshear, have already exploded on social media. Turpen hopes her drawings bring people joy during this uncertain time.

“You’ve just gotta put your faith in God," Turpen said. "He’s in control, he’s sovereign over all of this and sometimes it’s hard to keep that faith, just gotta be faithful."

As each storm washes away her drawings, she says each day brings a clean slate and a new sense of hope that better days are yet to come.