Phils phan paints the town and more

HUNTING PARK - October 23, 2009


To meet Duane Boone is to meet a man often overlooked; his mental disability disguises what is an extraordinary ability.

Duane is a painter who creates no less than three paintings each day, he draws on inspiration from the world around him.

His inspiration these days is his favorite team, the National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

With the team headed for the World Series, Duane has created his own all star line up, lining the walls of the arts center that is his second home.


The paintings range from his favorite player Ryan Howard to the rest of the squad to his favorite broadcaster, the late Harry Kalas, whose voice once painted the pictures Duane's brush now does.

"The voice you would hear, especially in the springtime, would make you sit back and eat hotdogs, hamburgers," Boone said.

The studio on the second floor of the Cultural Arts Center is used by many of its 50 other clients, but it's a true testament to Duane's passion. The table is littered with his work, the closets are flooded with pieces from years' past, and reams of paper are stacked for art yet to be created, paper he managed to get donated himself.


Duane says his art helps others realize he's more than his disability; the paintings are evidence that he can overcome the odds.

"They give me confidence to keep on going," Duane said.

This improbable artist is confident in his team because as he puts it, "all things are possible."

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