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February 28, 2006

Albany-- A 75-year-old artist is walking more than 3,000 miles across the United States and painting along the way.

Leonard Johnson started painting 40 years ago. Now, he's taking his love for art on the road. Johnson began walking from Venice Beach, California last March and will end up at Coney Island, New York.

He stops at Red Cross locations to sketch. Half the proceeds from sales of his art go to his deceased wife's scholarship fund. The other half will benefit Hurricane Katrina disaster relief.

"It's just enriched my life in many respects. I never thought that I would be that much a giver or philanthropist but it really feels good that I can do that," says Johnson.

Johnson's walk will end some time in June. So far, he's raised more than $4,000.

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