Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Love for Art Inspires Hilliard Student to Paint Mural Hilliard: Jessie Canaday Paints Tanning Bed Mural

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Love for Art Inspires Hilliard Student to Paint Mural Hilliard: Jessie Canaday Paints Tanning Bed Mural

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Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

Jessie Canaday, 18, looks at the world differently since taking art at Hilliard Middle Senior High, and she's spreading that vision into the community.

Canaday, who plans to attend Flager College in the fall, is using the creative skills she learned in Vickie Whigam's class to design and paint a mural that will help solve a business problem at Connie's Pizza and Barbecue.

When the restaurant decided to install a tanning booth, the owners wanted to find a way to keep the business' different elements separate. Canaday used paint to transform the newly installed tanning room at Connie's into a tropical paradise complete with beach shore and underwater scenes.

Canaday, who's been working on the project for four months, said art provides her with a way to express herself.

"Art is fun and it's something I can relate to really well," she said. "Life itself inspires me. I can't draw people that well yet, but I get lots of ideas from the things that people say and do. …

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