Color-blind CCA student hopes to sell artwork to support Eagle Scout project

​Timothy Henry is combining his interest in art with his pursuit of becoming an Eagle Scout by building a prayer garden for his church. ​

Timothy Henry, a 17-year-old Commonwealth Charter Academy junior, started drawing dragons and other imaginary creatures when he was little and expanded to black-and-white nature scenes in pen and ink. Although he is color blind, he recently started experimenting with adding watercolor to his drawings and painting oil on canvas.

“I put color in as I see the color. It’s hard to explain because I don’t know how you guys see,” he said, laughing. “I’ve always seen that way.”

Timothy is combining his interest in art with his pursuit of becoming an Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank in scouting, by building a prayer garden for his church. The project, which is in the design stage, will require Timothy to raise money before he can build the garden. He hopes to sell some of his artwork to offset the project’s cost.

Although the self-taught artist from York County said he has been “drawing my entire life but always just for my own enjoyment,” his artwork already graces the troop trailer for Boy Scout Troop 67. His work has been viewed on the cover of many of his church’s bulletins. In addition, he recently entered his first art contest.

While he hasn’t taken what might be considered traditional art courses at CCA, Timothy completed a course in game design and is enrolled in high school digital art. He is looking forward to 3-D Art 1 Modeling next semester. All of these courses allow him to apply his artistic interests and skills. As his overflowing portfolio attests, Timothy’s flexible schedule as a CCA student “has given me more time to pursue art,” he said.

Timothy’s mom enrolled him in CCA after his local school district promoted him to third grade with a first-grade reading level. Timothy's sister, Elizabeth, is a junior at CCA.

“With CCA, we began Timothy in a second-grade curriculum. He worked tremendously long days and weeks but finished second grade by winter break and was able to successfully finish third grade by the end of the school year, thus putting him back on track for graduation,” said his mother, Melissa. Now a straight-A student on grade level, “he still works long hours to stay on track,” she said. She credits frequent communication with CCA teachers as one of the keys to his success.

As he works toward his Eagle Scout rank and perfects his drawing techniques, Timothy is uncertain what his future career will hold, except for one thing: “Post-graduation, I will definitely be doing something in the art field.”


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