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The Story behind “10-42” by Lucille Earp

Lucille’s reply to a request by Bob Benfield of the Alexander County Sheriff’s office, to commission this painting….

At the age of 84, “I’m too old to do any more commercial work.” That night I thought about our conversation. I called Detective Benfield back the next morning and said, “Why not try?”

Detective Benfield was more than helpful throughout the whole process. In order for me to see the law enforcement objects first hand for the painting, he brought many of his items and borrowed others from fellow officers. To all involved, I say thank you for your help and encouragement.

After many hours of work on the painting, I decided it would be good to add the names of former and present sheriffs of our county. After searching five places for a list of those who served, I found conflicting information. Many listed only part of the officers, while others had more names, but the dates did not correspond with other information. Because much of the information that I found was incomplete, I chose to take the list from a plaque at the Sheriff’s Office.

The title of the painting is “10-42”. Detective Benfield assured me that every officer in the county would know this code, which is “Officer Off Duty”.

This painting took 426 hours over a period of 9 months. It was the most challenging picture that I have ever attempted. But quickly, I will add that I loved every minute of the labor. I hope that as one views this painting, each will feel a little safer just knowing that the men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line each day to protect the people of our county. Again I say, “Thanks to all for your service.”

Lucille W. Earp

Click here to purchase a print of this remarkable work of art which honors our law enforcement for only $20.00.

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