ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Webster artist Anthony Caruso created an oil painting to honor Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin.
Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2. He was released from the hospital in time to attend the team’s January 22 game, in which the Bengals handily knocked the Bills out of the playoffs.
The following day Caruso got out his red and blue oil paints. With each stroke on the canvas, an image of Damar Hamlin took shape. But this painting wasn’t for profit, Caruso says, it was to help people heal.
“I’ve been watching football for my entire life. And to see something like that happen, it was really traumatic. I mean it was traumatic for everyone and it happened on a national stage,” Caruso said.
Caruso shared the painting on social media with hopes of bringing comfort to others the way it did for him. He adds despite not meeting with them personally, he did make sure the painting got to Damar Hamlin’s family.