Phyllis Haley, a 94-year-old resident at Life Care Center of Greeley, Colorado, is proud that her artwork is now being sent around the country on the front of hundreds of Christmas cards.
Each year, parent company Life Care Centers of America invites residents in more than 200 nursing and rehab facilities to submit Christmas card designs, and one piece is chosen for each of the organization’s geographical divisions. One is also chosen from affiliate company Century Park Associates. A total of nine designs are printed and distributed to facilities and regional offices throughout Life Care and Century Park.
Haley’s painting of cozy cabins in the mountains is the 2016 winner for Life Care’s centers in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Hawaii.
“I got to spend one summer with my grandfather at his cabin in the mountains,” said Haley. “I was 17, and I loved the mountains. I was inspired by those memories.”
Haley was born in Swink, Colorado, and didn’t start seriously painting until she was 55. She sometimes uses oil paints and acrylics, but watercolor is her favorite.
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