Medium:Acrylic on Board
Height: 14 in
Width: 18 in
The painting is divided into three section: the sky, land, and sea. The sky is a bright pink with a bird and the sun depicted in opposite corners. The land is brown with white stars floating above it in a line. The sea has a colorful fish swimming along in the water.
Rick Schaafsma is a retired police officer who served on the streets of Grand Rapids from the late 60s through the mid-90s. Using the pen name "ARCH" taken from his high-arched basketball shot, Schaafsma draws a range of fanciful figures, including his "CopToons” with the hope that children will look at police officers in a positive light beginning at an early age.
On his work Schaafsma reflects, “I always looked at it when I was a police officer: I may not be able to change a lot of things I may not be able to do a lot of things but I can chip away at it and make some improvements when I’m on my beat, when I interact with people”