Matt was asked by the City of Westbrook to portray their late Mayor Fred Wescott, who Matt knew while growing up, on this 30×40 canvas. It hangs now in the front entrance of City Hall. –Article from American Journal, November 20, 1996
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This oil-on-canvas portrait of Westbrook’s late Mayor Fred Wescott was hung Monday at the front entrance of City Hall. Welcoming it are Mayor Kenneth Lefebvre and Fred’s widow, Annette Wescott. At right is the artist, Matthew S. Donahue, South Portland, who has worked in art since his history-making basketball careers at Westbrook High School and USM-Gorham. He was a tenant of the Wescotts while in college; He said having known the late mayor made the painting easier. The 30×40-inch full-color painting is based on an American Journal news photo taken January 4, 1993. Wescott died of cancer December 29, 1993. The artist’s commission for the painting came from funds given in Fred’s memory for restoration of the old high school as a new city hall. “That’s never going to happen,” said Annette Monday.