‘Scapes for Strangers

By Riley Kinum April 29, 2021
Nursing student leaves beautiful paintings around Boston as gifts for strangers.

Jack Garcia is using his talents to bring joy to the people of Boston. Garcia is a nursing student at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He recently picked up the hobby of oil painting, and in the last 5 months, he got really good at it. Now, he is using his talent and creating a scavenger hunt of sorts for his twitter followers. He stated, “I just thought it would be really nice if you’re walking down the street and you see this scene you really like and you look down and there was an oil painting of it, that would be really cool right?” He embraced this idea and decided to leave his creations around the city for the taking. He lets people know where to find the paintings on his Twitter @JakeScapes.

When a specific visual sparks his creativity, he sets up and paints it. He then tries to leave it somewhere in the vicinity. So far, he has left four of his oil paintings in South Boston, and says he is just beginning. “I’m doing something I really love. At the end of the day that’s why I’m doing this. It’s very exciting to see where this will all go,” said Garcia. He wants to inspire others to start painting as well. “We’ve all been inside and a beautiful thing to do is to just go outside and just enjoy the sounds and the sights and the smells and just paint what you see,” he said. “I think that’s really nice and I think more people need to do it.”

As a nursing student, Garcia has a desire to help others. He is genuinely a kind and compassionate individual. He is not leaving his paintings for money or recognition. He emphasized, “I just want to try to be an efficient human being that makes people happy. I want to help people…And if it brings them some joy, I think that’s really sweet.”