Local artist creates a foundation to help foster children

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A local artist hopes his talent will kick-start his foundation to help children in need.

Salvatore Rizzo, 37, spends most of his time coming up with new ideas to paint.

He started painting just one year ago after his father and nephew died.

That’s when the artist came up with an idea of a foundation to honor his nephew who died in a car accident just months before he could adopt him.

Rizzo says the “J.J. Lighting foundation” will help foster kids get adopted to the right family. He hopes that his business, Immense Erudition in downtown Augusta will help the foundation grow. 

“I felt like I had to do this, my faith brought me to this,” said Rizzo. “I had no choice. No matter what I’m going to do this until I’m either broke homeless living on the street or I’m successful at it. And I want this foundation to be built…I really really truly care about other kids.”

The painter also has other ideas planned to grow his foundation. He is interested in participating in this year’s “Arts in the Heart Festival.” 

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