Meet Kenya's First Female Portrait Artist in Police Service

  • Photo collage of Police Constable Sylvia Kavere
    Photo collage of Police Constable Sylvia Kavere
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  • Women have continued to scale up the ladder and establish themselves in different fields, making a mark for themselves in the country.

    From the country's first female Chief Justice Martha Koome to now the latest woman to become the first female portrait artist in the National Police Service (NPS).

    Police Constable (PC) Sylvia Kavere is a celebrated trailblazer in fine arts in the disciplined service in the country. She has surmounted barriers to becoming the first female portrait artist serving under the Administration Police.

    Kavere, who currently is deployed at the Security of Government Buildings (SGB) unit, discovered her talent while still in primary school.

    A potrait photo done by police constable Sylvia Kavere being presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta
    A portrait photo drawn by police constable Sylvia Kavere being presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta
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    The alumna of Sacred Heart Mukumu Girls High school then nurtured her skill and later perfected her artistic skills by acquiring two diplomas in related courses.

    She acquired her first Diploma in Interior Design from Buruburu Institute Fine Arts and her second one, Diploma in Graphic Design from Africa Digital Media Institute (ADMI).

    Through her skill, Kavere has immortalised people and events, specialising mainly in portrait and nature drawings.

    In 2016, she met President Uhuru Kenyatta and presented a piece to him during the passing out parade. But she has since gifted her artistic pieces to other top leaders across the globe.

    "She is known to use her knowledge and techniques to create high-quality artwork that has been presented to several dignitaries including President Uhuru Kenyatta, who received his prized portrait during the 2016 recruits passing out parade.

    "Sylvia is determined and focused on sharpening her artistic skills and pushing for the status of the most sought after Portrait and Nature Artist," the National Police Service described her in a celebratory post.

    Her long term plan is to establish an Art School and continue imparting knowledge to upcoming artists.

    Other than being the first female portrait artist, she is credited with the founding of the Administration Police Rugby Team that participates in local tournaments.

    She joins the list of established female police officers including Inspector Sharon Ijeloit Oramisi who became Kenya's Youngest Female Cop to Command Final Parade presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, January 19, at the National Police Training College main campus in Kiganjo.

    File photo of police constable Sylvia Kavere holding the ball during a past rugby match
    File photo of police constable Sylvia Kavere holding the ball during a past rugby match
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