It’s something I look forward to doing. Sometimes I can’t wait to get back to it.
Ernestine Medley, 79
Farmington Presbyterian Manor
Ernestine Medley, 79, has drawn or painted for as long as she can remember. “You get this feeling and you’ve got to do it,” she said. “I’m happier when I’ve got something going on.” Her artistic endeavors include fiber arts, and she usually has multiple projects under way. “It’s something I look forward to doing,” she says of creating art. “Sometimes I can’t wait to get back to it.”
A self-taught painter, she has never painted the same painting twice — except for “Matthew 6:26,” which takes its title and subject from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. A second, smaller version was intended for her sister, who died of brain cancer. Ernestine later donated it to a church bazaar. Inspired by an image she’d seen in a puzzle catalog and her love of painting birds, Ernestine enjoyed the challenge of painting Jesus’ hands in the piece.