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A brush with greatness: Broward Health collaborates on Messi’s portrait

A brush with greatness: Broward Health collaborates on Messi’s portrait

Broward Health doctors, nurses and caregivers who helped paint a portrait of Lionel Messi will soon present the artwork to the GOAT himself.

Each of the doctors painted a stroke of the 30”x40” portrait, working earlier this month with Broward artist Joseph Gormley. The event was organized by Pompano Beach-based Embrace Life Children’s Foundation, which supports children with medical needs and their families.

The initiative has been working to bring together public service workers such as firefighters, law enforcement, local governments and healthcare workers, each adding a brushstroke to a Messi painting started by Gormley.

Later this month, Gormley, a Scottish-born artist who works as a janitor at an elementary school, will present the workers’ masterpiece to the Inter Miami star as a welcome gift to South Florida.

Gormley works at Park Trails Elementary School in Parkland. His website includes a variety of colorful portraits he has designed in his spare time, including portraits of former baseball player Jeff Conine, the Mona Lisa and a German shepherd from the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

Gormley previously had the football star autograph four of his paintings of Messi and is in the process of auctioning them off for charity. A date for the public presentation of this new work has not yet been set.



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