There aren’t many portraits under the Gold Dome that aren’t images of political leaders or revolutionary figures.
Which makes what happened on Monday, all the more extraordinary.
The state Senate renamed its press gallery after the late Dick Pettys, who covered state politics for more than three decades for the AP.
Also unveiled was a portrait of Pettys, painted by longtime friend and syndicated columnist Dick Yarbrough.
Yarbrough told All News 106.7 that painting is a hobby of his, and that he was asked by a couple of legislators to do a portrait of Pettys, who died of a heart attack in August 2012.
“I knew Dick for more than 30 years,” Yarbrough said. “It was a tremendous honor to do this.”