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Ganado woman has painted murals in Crossroads, Texas

June 13, 2011 at 1:13 a.m.

Brittney Carney, who credits the artist Thomas Kinkade as an influence on her style, adds detail to a mural on the exterior wall of A Personal Touch salon.

A body covered in splatters of earthy pastel colors and the oppressive summer heat is not enough to stop Brittney Carney from doing what she loves.

As traffic barreled down Main Street on Monday, the 29-year-old Ganado muralist stood on top of a three-rung ladder as she painted a serene blue sky.

"This is my passion," Carney said as she mixed green colors for the next part of the mural. "I'm a Christian, and when I dip the brush into the paint, God and I do it together."

Carney has been painting murals for the past 10 years across the Crossroads and Texas. She was hired to paint an image of a day in the Victorian era for A Personal Touch Salon.

Carney's business is barely starting and is called Color My World.

Two small framed paintings and a book about the era lay nearby - evidence of her research and trial sketches for the project.

Carney, a 2000 graduate of Edna High School, has two daughters. She says art is her lifeblood.

Painting not only allows Carney to fulfill her passion, but it helps pay the bills and provide for her family.

"I was a stay-at-home mother, but now this is my career," she said.

Carney has painted murals in Victoria, Edna, Ganado, Richmond and even in Corpus Christi, where she was hired to paint a mural at the Corpus Christi International Airport.

Photos of her work can be found in a photo album she carries around her at all times. And showing her work is how she sells herself.

At 2 p.m., Carney was about 20 to 30 percent done with the mural.

Georgia Martinez, the owner of the salon, stepped outside and stepped back to take in the work done on the mural.

Reddish brown bricks covered much of the once white, barren wall.

Shades of white, blue and purple eased onto Martinez's eyes.

Martinez loves the Victorian era, and that was all Carney needed to get started, she said.

"I left it up to her," she said as Carney insisted it's not all about her. "I love it. I love the pastel colors."

"I use acrylic paint, not oil," Carney said as she looked at the sky, satisfied with the first part of the mural.

The sky reminded her of being a young girl. Her mother had painted a similar sky on her bedroom ceiling, and it always helped her feel calm.

In high school, her art teacher, Connie Haynes, made her realize her potential. She has not seen or heard from her teacher in 10 years, she said.

Carney hopes to one day open an orphanage where she will paint murals and inspire other children to dream big.

People need to indulge and release their creativity, she said.

"You can have a flower, but if you don't water it, it won't grow," she said.



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