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“This is so strange,” she said. “I have wanted to paint my entire life and just couldn’t no matter how hard I tried. Even my sister said I couldn’t paint my way out of a paper bag.”

Local artist Paula Cullum Jamerson says it with a laugh: “And that’s the truth, I couldn’t.”

It was in the fall of 2018, Paula was shown differently.

“I truly believe it was an act of God that inspired me to purchase a set of watercolor paints,” she said. “I thought I was crazy for doing so, but from that point on I could paint pretty much what I set my mind to do and now do a lot of custom painting.”

Her first commissioned painting hangs in a local doctor’s office and others are on display in businesses in the surrounding area.

Paula has strong ties to East Texas. Her grandfather was the first mayor of New London and was the administrative factor that helped get the community incorporated as a city. Her mother, Billie Sue Hall, was a 10-year old survivor of the New London School Explosion.

Carthage was her birthplace and the place where Paula attended school. After graduation, she met and married Stan Jamerson. He went to work for Mosby Mechanical Company in Longview and she went to work at Kilgore College as alumni director. It was her job to organize and plan events like the Rangerette Revels, work with former students, help with the scholarships and decorate the event halls and tables.

“I retired after 27 years when Stan’s health became bad,” said Paula. “There was no question about it, when he became bed-bound and needed 24-hour care, home was where I was needed and where I wanted to be.”

She’s always made “stuff.”

According to Paula, “I have done things like machine embroidery T-shirts and design my own line of jewelry. When I first started painting it was for therapeutic purposes, and I was extremely surprised when people wanted to buy what I painted. Now, I do custom painting. At Christmas, I painted and sold custom cards with the Nativity scene on them and when I painted floral note cards, I sold out within 24 hours. I also paint images on throw pillows and shirts. The inspiration just flows.”

Paula now travels to art events similar to the Live & Kicking Art Show held in Henderson a couple of week ago.

Retired she may be, but she doesn’t stop. Paula enjoys attending the Watercolor Splash art class taught by Paige Woodfin once a month at The Bookstore in Kilgore as well as the monthly meeting of KC Retirees and her monthly meeting with Carthage High School graduating class.

“When God talks, I listen,” said Paula. “I have a son that we adopted when he was 14 that was very much God-inspired. He will soon be 40 years-old. The painting is a blessing.”

JEFFERY BAKER was in town visiting last week with his family. He returned to Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday afternoon. He and his family plan to move to China in July. They work in the educational field.

“We only got to see him about an hour each morning they were in town as he had other plans,” said his mother, Betty Baker. “But we cherish those hours.”

WITH THE help of other animal lovers, Pat Sheets will soon be sending copies of her books to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. There were 180 copies needed, and Pat has received donations to help fill the first order.

“This is something I have been wanting to do for some time, now. It has been heavy on my heart to teach children about animals and the love of horses. Some of St. Jude’s children have never seen a live horse before,” Pat said.

She’s written several books for children involving her own love of animals. Her latest release is called “A Heaven for Horses.”

May His Love and Laughter fill your hearts and your homes. In the meantime, we may be reached at chitchatlinda@aol.com or 903-984-2593.

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