MP Leona Marlin-Romeo starts Giving Back Community Program.  Young artist Zabian Arndell first recipient

Independent Member of Parliament (MP) and First Vice President Hon. Leona Marlin-Romeo, this summer has commenced with her “Giving Back to the Community Program.”

The program has been established by the MP to recognize the contributions of primarily key persons, organizations, public schools and positive initiatives within the Sint Maarten community.

MP Marlin-Romeo is using part of her monthly salary towards initiatives that constructively aid in the advancement of those who illustrate extraordinary talent, innovative ideas, contribute to the community, and or are seeking educational advancement.

“Each month a contribution will be given starting with Zabian Arndell. Zabian is a self-taught, free style young artist from Sucker Garden/Arch Road.  Zabian Arndell is the son of Gladys Arndell who graduated from Sundial School, but after graduation had absolutely no idea what he wanted to study.

“He eventually turned to drawing, a talent that he knew he had from the 6thgrade.   He was exposed to airbrushing six years ago and caught on to the art by solely observing other artist and doing online tutorials.

“He was inspired by another young artist named Olanzo Williams. Even though he feels that he is not being sufficiently noticed, he has been given odd jobs for Sint Maarten’s Day, Statia Carnival, and most recently the Telem sponsored Fun Day.

“Zabian however wishes to develop his skills, by becoming certified so that he may open his own business in the field of airbrushing/graphics design and perhaps tattooing,” MP Marlin-Romeo stated in a media statement on Sunday.

Zabian expressed to MP Marlin-Romeo that he wishes to advance and sharpen his skills by attending workshops in the USA and would like to accompany LaRich on their next trip to an overseas workshop.

MP Marlin-Romeo personally witnessed the art work of this young man and has pledged to make sure that the young Arndell gets to fulfil this dream.

“Too often we hear of the negative behaviour of our youth, therefore it is a great honour to recognize Zabian Arndell. Life has not always been easy for this young man but he has consciously chosen to walk the right path and become an entrepreneur.

“Zabian was encouraged to follow his dreams and keep the right attitude for it will determine his attitude. My assistance to this young man is only the beginning, as I have plans to reach out to various art schools and inquire whether this young man can receive a talent scholarship to further his studies,” Independent MP Hon. Leona Marlin-Romeo said on Sunday.