Ida Darnell Painted by Cassandra Oil on Canvas, 30”x40” $800

Ida Darnell Painted by Cassandra
Oil on Canvas, 30”x40”

Ida Darnell 

“I don’t wish this life on anybody, but if you have to live it, you know what? Just be happy. Just be happy in the moment you’re in. Just make the best of it.” – Ida

Ida’s childhood was rough. She frequently had ups and downs. She was in and out of foster care for a large majority of her childhood.  Sadly, Ida doesn't remember what she aspired to be as a kid.  She is the oldest of her siblings and was the only one to meet her mother.  Her harshest memory is her mother's passing.  Ida was nine when her mother passed away from cancer.  Her mother passed away at the age of twenty-seven.  Ida does remember two happy memories.  The first was when she got a brand new mini-van right from the lot without a co-signer.  Her other happy memory was her employment as a 411 operator back in 1990.  Ida’s boyfriend, Richie, is the most important person in her life. Ida is grateful for being alive.  She advises teenagers to enjoy being young and to go to school.



Cassandra, 15

Dreams of being – an animator
Important influence: My sister
Grateful for: Being Alive

Having a family member that is in a similar position, I understand the struggles that follow.  I chose the colors of warmth, love, and hope. Although Ida’s past is rugged and harsh, she still gives this passionate glow. She has learned from her past and doesn’t let that define her. Ida inspires me to do my best and learns lessons along the way.  We have similar thoughts and I can connect to her through my painting.  Just like Ida, I always look for the bright side of a dark situation and make the best of it. I am honored to paint Ida’s portrait and want to continue helping the homeless community.