(Posted November 10, 2014)

The completed painting, by Liz Faust
The completed painting, by Liz Faust

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Liz Faust, a senior from Frederick, Md. studying art history at Juniata College, recently completed a commissioned painting depicting some of the many monuments in Washington, D.C. dedicated to veterans that will hang in the office of a senior administrative official at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Faust, the daughter of Tammy Shriver and stepdaughter of John Shriver, also of Frederick, created a portrait of a U.S. Army soldier with images of various veteran-related monuments reflected in the soldier's sunglasses. Faust created the portrait after being commissioned by Veterans Affairs official Ron Burke, director of the appeals management center for the Department of Veterans Affairs

"When I started at Juniata, I took a lot of courses that were unrelated, but once I took a painting course, that was it," she says. "When I'm painting I tend to lose myself in the technique and creating the image, then I get to take a step back and say 'Wow' when it's finished."

"I tend to lose myself in the technique and creating the image, then I get to take a step back and say 'Wow' when it's finished."

Liz Faust, senior, Frederick, Md.

So far Faust has taken three of Juniata's available painting courses. She was commissioned by the Veterans Affairs official because her stepfather, John Shriver also works at the Veterans Affairs administration as a supervisor for the Appeals Management Center.

As a result of her work, Faust has been commissioned for a second military painting by a former U.S. Army captain, Edlynn Atkins, who served in Afghanistan.

Contact Gabe Welsch at welschg@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.