Vanessa Piche’s painting of the opening of a Chick Fil-A restaurant in Warwick, Rhode Island

They say paint what you love, so why wouldn’t Vanessa Piche paint a Chick-Fil-A restaurant? 

The Maryland native is a big fan of the fast-food chicken joint, but she is especially fond of a new location in Warwick, Rhode Island. She and her husband were planning a move to nearby North Kingstown, but Piche was worried. “The most important question that I asked my husband was, ‘Is there a Chick-Fil-A?’,” she says. “I wasn’t 100 percent sure that I was willing to make that big of a change without one of my favorite comforts in life. One week after accepting his new job, we found out that a Chick-Fil-A was being built in Warwick. I knew then that the move would work out perfectly.”

Piche painting at the restaurant’s opening


Piche made sure to not only be at the opening, she made a point of painting the opening. “I wanted to be a part of this by recording and memorializing the events of the day in a permanent way,” she says. And yes, she took a break to try some of the new restaurant’s fare. The painting session paid off in other ways, too. “I am in negotiations now for selling the painting, and a few prints to them as well. I guess it pays to mix business with pleasure,” says Piche.


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