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A Tracing Box And Colored Pencils Set The Course of A Life

The gift that artist Agnes Manganelli received when she was 8 years old
changed her life forever.

Gift certificates for commissioned portraits have raised thousands of dollars at Humane Society fundraisers. William Steele’s dog Rudder, Vero Beach.

Gift certificates for commissioned portraits have raised thousands of dollars at Humane Society fundraisers. William Steele’s dog Rudder, Vero Beach.

A McCall tracing box and colored pencils set the course of artist Agnes Manganelli’s life. With her colored pencils, she creates award-winning portraits that capture the individual essence of her subjects and bring them to life.

When Agnes was 8 years old, she received a gift that changed her life: a McCall tracing box. She placed the little box on her lap and turned on the light bulb underneath. With that one action, the first step in her creativity was revealed. “I could trace anything,” she says. After tracing, she brought the pictures to life with colored pencils, the art medium she prefers to this day. This childhood gift was perfect for her. Like most young children, she had a short attention span and little patience. But she could always draw for short periods of time without getting tired or bored.

Read the entire article in the April 2014 issue