HIGHLANDS RANCH - Some people are born with a natural talent. Maybe it's dancing, or singing or sports.
Others might not realize what theirs is until later in life, which was the case for Jean Barron, who discovered her passion at age 94.
Jean had never picked up a paintbrush until she decided to take an art exploration class at her senior living community in Highlands Ranch.
Starting with watercolors, Jean almost quit three times out of frustration.
Then she moved on to oil painting, and realized that was where her true talent was.
Now 96 years old, Jean says painting, along with weekly yoga and fitness classes, keep her healthy and young at heart.
She gets so absorbed in her work, she'll often lose track of time. Paintings are gifted to friends or family, never sold. Her kitchen has become an art studio.
Jean jokes, "I've run out of wall space in my apartment!"
She says God's beauty in nature inspires her to paint. "A blank canvas doesn't do much for me, but when I see the sky and see things in nature, I try to visualize them on canvas and how I would accomplish it, you know?" Jean said, "I have such ambition to paint."
Several of Jean's paintings now decorate the halls where she lives, including one she worked two months on, a replica of Peter van Berkel's 'Field of Flowers.'
Although Jean has painted nearly 40 works of art, she says she's still waiting for the perfect sunset to capture on canvas.
Jean lives at Vi at Highlands Ranch, which hosts an annual art show that features some of her paintings along with other artists in April. For more visit www.viliving.com/discoverhighlandsranch
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