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January 14, 2018
Last year I was working in corporate America. I was very blessed to be hired in an executive role, but my teen boys were growing fast and I needed to be able to shift into a role that was more accommodating to them, for the short time we still have them at home.
My friend, Amy and the Clay Women's Empowerment Council asked me if I would be interested in a mural for charity. I had not thought about my art in a while, and I initially did not feel inspired, but then I went to bed and could not sleep with the possibilities rolling in my head. When I investigated the company BASCA, I learned that they were right here in Orange park, FL and assisted special needs adults and their families with much-needed skill training and lifestyle enhancement.
My friend knew me. She knew that our first son had a lifetime of mental and physical handicaps, until we lost him at age eight. We always had a difficult time envisioning what the future would be like for our son with so many challenges. She knew that this company's mission would resonate with me.
As I got more into the project, learned that I had a 20 ft wall of white openness to fill, and a freedom of subject, I got excited. I started thinking about all of the things we love about our city and state, what causes Floridians to move here and never leave? Adult Coloring books were becoming popular at the same time.
I created a line art drawing of a collage of all things Floridian, manatees, lighthouse, fishing and sea-life, NASA rockets taking off and a theme-park castle. It is filled with the butterflies and birds and gardens that I loved so much in my history as a muralist. I then suggested we turn it into a fund-raiser for BASCA. Donors can sponsor the items and I return to color it in. We've really enjoyed the project and it is now viewable in the section of their new 30,000 s.f. facility.
I also created this whimsical tree in the lobby which will feature the major donors on plaques within the tree.
We have had some great coverage supporting the mural and BASCA efforts through marketing of Marie Monahan, this News4Jax feature, and even guest Mary Baer who spoke at the last Gala.
Here is a time-lapse video coloring some of the items in.
After this project experience, my creativity was flowing. I got back to my southern roots and began a paint series that was later licensed by the largest art dealer in the Furniture market, Art Trends, which led me BACK HOME to this site.
God is good, and wants to bless us whether we expect it or not. I will always be grateful for the invitation to participate in this project and how it inspired my creative juices again for art.
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