Air Force veteran Richard Franks studied commercial art at a tech school in St. Louis and art in college. Recently he showed at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center, winning a people’s choice award for portraiture. Many will recognize his smiling face at the checkout line at the Cal Expo Costco. Shown: “Harold’s Rose,” 12 inches by 24 inches, oil, painted as a tribute to a friend’s late mother whose favorite flower was the rose. Frank can be reached at

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