N.H. State Library Exhibits Mother's Portraits Of Overdose Victims

Aug 16, 2017

Anne Marie Zanfagna, left, speaks to Heidi Maddock in front of her display of portraits at the New Hampshire State Library in Concord
Credit AP|Holly Ramer

What started as one mother's private outlet for grief has grown into a larger effort to comfort others and reduce the stigma of addiction in New Hampshire.

After her daughter died of a heroin overdose in 2014, Anne Marie Zanfagna painted a pink-and-purple portrait as a way to heal and remember her daughter's beauty and vibrancy. Since then, the Plaistow woman has painted more than 80 portraits for other families, and they're on display this month at the New Hampshire State Library in Concord.

Zanfagna also has started a nonprofit organization to raise money for scholarships and addiction recovery resources, and has traveled to Washington to promote it. She also is working on a book combining her portraits with poetry.