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Edna artists paint murals in Victoria (Video)

By Melissa Crowe
Dec. 11, 2012 at 6:11 a.m.
Updated Dec. 12, 2012 at 6:12 a.m.

Brittney Carney, 31, "Hollywood"  paints the windows of Aloe Software Group / PEIMS Data Plus with a Star Wars Christmas theme in Victoria. Carney has been painting murals for 10 years.

East of DeLeon Plaza, the regular hustle of downtown business overshadows a one-story, unassuming building on Forrest Street.

Brick sidewalks along Main Street and white columns belonging to its neighbor demand attention, while the building sits - blinds pulled tight, door locked, never noticed.

Brittney Carney, a 31-year-old artist from Edna, started Monday, slowly transforming its exterior, adding splashes of red, blue, green and white.

The fast-talking painter prefers to be called "Hollywood."

She started her business, Color My World, about 14 years ago, mostly painting free murals to build up her portfolio. These days, her work starts at $200 and, she said, has gone as high as $10,000.

Along Main Street, down Constitution and in small corners of unassuming streets, she and her assistant, Kristen "Wonderland" Preit, 20, of Edna, are changing the way people view downtown.

"I want to inspire others to think outside the box," Carney said. "Everyone's got something in their heart they want to be."

Preit said she likes the freedom of the work.

"We never have a plan. We just figure it out and start drawing and painting," she said. "It's fun. It's crazy. It's hectic, but I like that."

Carney said she owes her success to her relationship with Jesus. Her ultimate goal is to start a rehabilitation shelter for battered and abused women.

She has her own story, but keeps the details private. She doesn't want her two daughters, ages 4 and 9, to read anything negative about their father, she said.

"I'm a regular girl who didn't give up on her dream," Carney said.

Her favorite mural is on the walls of a Ganem's Garage, a hot rod shop in Edna.

"It isn't just a pretty painting. It tells a story," she said. "The devil causes destruction, but Jesus is always there and ready to help you."

She said that project helped her realize she could communicate through art, so this Christmas is about spreading the message.

"I don't even have a plan. It just comes to me," Carney said.

On the three windows of Aloe Software on East Forrest Street, she and her assistant fill in the words for a talking Star Wars inspired cartoon Yoda.

"Be with you, the force of light," Carney said. "That's the light of the world: Jesus."



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