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Schaefer Portrait Challenge
“Triage” Schaefer Portrait Challenge entry
Schaefer Portrait Challenge
“The Beat of a Covid Nurse”

Artist's Statement

Nothing in my lifetime has so universally impacted the world health as the Covid 19 virus has. The loss of loved ones, fear of the virus and the change it has made to our daily lives is now deeply entrenched. Many individuals bravely served others risking their lives during this crisis but none more recognizable than the “front-line” nurses and care-givers. I couldn’t imagine a more worthy subject than to honor one of the heroes with a portrait reflecting the unrelenting stress of daily service in this dangerous environment.

My subject is Katie Talbot, RN, a full-time charge nurse in Maui Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Response unit. With shifts 12 ½ hours long, Katie knows the grief of life lost and constant split-second decision making required to treat those in most need.


1/11/2022 – 3/20/2022


Maui Arts & Cultural Center
Schaefer Gallery
One Cameron Way
Kahului, HI 96732

More Details

Janis Casco Blayer was one of only 48 selected from hundreds of entries statewide for the Tri-Annual Schaefer Portrait Challenge.

Her entry is titled “Triage” and represents Emergency Room Nurse Katie Talbot, RN, head ER nurse at Maui Memorial Hospital.

Be sure to visit the show and vote for your favorite entry.

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