Painter turns blank walls into works of art

June 06, 2004|EMILY TOADVINE

Why look at drab, white walls when a horse can be running across a field or a giant, colorful butterfly can be floating in the air?

Give Selena Horn a paintbrush and a day and she can make these transformations complete. She works with all kinds of ideas to jazz up interiors.

"People find pictures of anything to booster their ideas. You can start at the library, wallpaper clippings and if they can't find anything, I'll come up with something."

In addition to working with homes, she also does portraits. She charges $250 a day for the murals and $150 for portraits. Each additional person is $100.


Horn, who works in acrylics, says she learned most of her painting techniques from Mike Camic, her art teacher at Boyle County High School.

"We had seven periods in high school and I spent six in art class."

Horn's first wall mural was a mural of Jesus with little children at the Danville Church of the Nazarene.

"It went from there and I have finished basements, hallways, children's rooms, bathrooms and an office."

Her latest project has been at Harrodsburg Health Care Center where she has painted an angel on the wall of a training office. It's probably her favorite mural so far.

"I guess because I feel like somebody is looking out for me," she says.

She views her artistic skills as gift from God

Horn also views her artistic skills as a gift from God.

"I believe if God gives you talent that you should thank him, stick with it, and let him take care of all the rest. God has a plan for everyone. Sometimes, you just need to take time to listen. And I choose to listen."

The angel was done to promote the center's angel care program.

"As angels we check on that person every day," says Vicki Trump, an administrator at the center.

The center has four bathrooms and Horn is painting a different scene in each one. Horn will do a country bath, an old barn, running horses and Americana. Trump says Kindred, which owns the center, has a contest for the facility that can spruce up its bathrooms the best. The winner receives something for the facility.

"Every thing we do is to try to enhance the quality of life for patients," Trump says.

Horn began her full-time painting career in an effort to improve the quality of her own life. She was working in registration at the hospital, but doing a lot of painting anyway. In February, she decided to quit the hospital and devote herself to starting a business, Imaginations.

"I was always doing it on the side, just the portraits, not the murals."

She's able to spend time with your daughter and son

Being in business for herself allows the 28-year-old Horn to spend time with her young daughter and son. Becoming a mother meant cutting her college training short anyway.

"I went to college for art education, but I dropped out to get married and have kids," she says.

Since she spends her weekdays with the children, Horn usually does most of her painting on the weekends. She especially enjoys seeing the children in their newly decorated rooms.

One little girl fell in love with a horse Horn painted in her room.

"She calls it my horse and she loves and kisses on it. They love playing in the room after the mural is done."

For portraits, Horn says the more candid the shot, the better she likes it. One child's portrait that she likes shows a little girl with her tongue rolled up.

"I like doing snapshots because you can capture a lot of expression, more personality," she says.

In general, she is happy to be devoting her time to her art and her children.

"I enjoy everything that I do."

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