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Lathrop artist pursues passion
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MJC student Trevor Neuner completes a pencil sketch of Clint Eastwood from a photograph in his Lathrop home. - photo by GLENN KAHL

Trevor Neuner is a talented portrait sketch artist .

He has a history of drawing that dates back 17 years to when he was a kindergartener in Lathrop.

The 21-year-old is a graduate of Manteca High School and now a third year student at Modesto Junior College. Neuner has demonstrated an equal level of compassion for a brother, Troy, suffering from Cerebral Palsy. He dropped classes at MJC to stay home and care for his brother while his parents were at work.

Neuner has an inborn ability to create unbelieveable character sketches with a talent that appears to be engrained deeply in the family genes – from his mother Mickey and older brother Bryce and beyond. Younger brother Tim is an eighth grader at Lathrop Elementary School and is also showing artistic talents.

After college Trevor hopes to go into commercial or industrial art in the corporate world.

His work ethic has seen him take on a job as a grocery store box boy for a year and a half. He is currently working at a Manteca theater in maintenance after the shows close for the night. Working at night frees his daytime hours.

The MJC student has been sought out by members of the Manteca and Lathrop communities through word of mouth to create special personal gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and for one-of-a-kind presents from the heart at Christmas.

His bedroom is the headquarters for his creations. he retreats there four hours at a time, drawing from a snapshot or a portrait into a sketched medium capturing an individual’s character with professional shading. His work is mounted on art boards and framed usually in a simple black 11 X 14 and 14 X 17 wall frames.

In his senior year at Manteca High, he created a 28-page comic book for his senior project in full color. It was entitled, “Deprived – A Town Without Pity.” It brought him an A.

It was last year that he painted a color portrait of his girlfriend Sharon Gobel’s cat on a black background, framed and wrapped. “I started drawing in late October,” he said so it would be ready well before Christmas for the Oakdale girl. The cat portrait was a hit with its Prismacolor medium along with a little white chalk in its presentation.

The Lathrop artist also helped paint a couple of the murals in downtown Manteca including the pumpkin mural with his brother Bryce. Neuner was also commissioned to paint a special mural on the wall of a home in the community two years ago.

Neuner has also produced children’s story books – one with the help of his mother Mickey who water colored the subjects in the framed panels. Single head and shoulder portraits run between $65 and $150 on average. More in depth art works are charged by the hour. Trevor can be reached at (209) 858-4603.