DescriptionThis oil painting was created from a few photographs taken in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, at Turtle Park. The lilies were beautiful and yes there were turtles there. The area had been a haven for drug dealers and the homeless. the new officials that came into office cleared the existing houses and created a beautiful park that families and visitors could use as a relaxing sanctuary. I visited there many times to just sit and take it all in.
Gracie Worrells, LaGrange Member Since September 2008 Artist Statement My work is the result of how I feel about what I am viewing. Everyone has his or her own individual perception about what is viewed. I want to connect spiritually, and then paint what I see. The painting freezes the beauty of that portion of God's creation in time. As I see it, what I view is an incredible gift from the Creator that should be appreciated by every person, to gaze upon and admire all the beauty of this earth that surrounds us. Think about how you felt when you saw something that gave you that special feeling deep inside that you wanted to hold on to. That is the way I feel, and this motivates me to paint. I want to capture that view and feeling so that I can hold on to it.
Gracie received a Bachelor of Art degree in Art and Design at LaGrange College, located in LaGrange, Georgia. Through the years her art has been sold to individual and corporate collectors.
Gracie states that, "The desire to be an artist has always been instilled in me since I was very young. I've always drawn and painted, off and on through the years. Having a mother and siblings who were artistic, it seemed natural that I would possess the ability to be artistically creative also. Now I have decided to satisfy my desire to paint to my hearts content. Painting brightly colored works of art bring me much joy and peace."
Gracie is affiliated with the Newnan-Coweta Art Association, SCAVA, Espresso Lane and serves on the board of the LaGrange Art Museum.