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Querencia at Barton Creek resident Jack Puryear, now 90, has always enjoyed photography and the arts. Inspired by his long-time friendship with artist G. Harvey, in 1985, three years before his retirement, Puryear decided to give painting a try. What developed is a true passion for painting and a love of the art.
“My favorite thing about painting is that it is relaxing and creative,” said Puryear. “I like to be doing something. It keeps you going. I like colors and blending colors and that kind of thing.”
Many years ago, Puryear became friends with his neighbor, artist G. Harvey. They traveled together for years and built a strong bond. Their long friendship, as well as Puryear’s role on G. Harvey’s
advisory board, led to Puryear’s interest in painting.
Puryear has had an interesting life, the events of which have served as inspiration for some of his pieces. He’s a veteran of WWII and the Korean War, retired from the real estate and general insurance business and has traveled the world while enjoying his hobby as an amateur photographer.
While he has half a dozen favorite pieces, a couple of his favorites include ones that were inspired by his grandsons.
“I did some paintings of the West Point boys parading while two of my grandsons were at West Point,” said Puryear. “I also did a painting of the Marines parading at the Marine memorial in Washington D.C. inspired by another grandson in the Marine Corps. I’m currently working on a painting of Abrams tanks in honor of my grandson who just graduated from West Point and will be going in to armory to be a tank commander in Fort Hood.”
Puryear also likes to use his own photographs for inspiration. He was an aerial photographer during WWII, so he has lots of old photographs.
On top of military paintings, Puryear’s favorite things to paint are mountains with snow and harbor scenes. He recently finished a painting of some sailboats in Nantucket that is one of his favorites and one of the Rocky Mountain National Park.
When he first started he worked in watercolors he did a lot of florals. Seven or eight years ago he moved on to oils, which was inspired by his friend G. Harvey.
Puryear says that living at Querencia at Barton Creek has helped him hone his skill. He says that having the Creative Arts Studio at the community was essential when deciding where to move. He enjoys having Querencia’s art teacher to give comments on his work, which he says is a huge help.
Puryear and his wife have four children, three sons and a daughter, seven grandchildren and two great-grandsons, all of whom enjoy receiving pieces of Puryear’s work. He said his family members have a majority of his pieces.
In addition to Puryear, many other Querencia residents have enjoyed pursuing their passion for painting. One resident, Judy Reynolds, took up painting after moving to Querencia about five years ago.
“I started painting after moving here,” said Reynolds. “When my husband became ill I needed a hobby and an outlet. I’ve always been interested in painting and art. They offered a class here and I decided to join.”
While Querencia offers instructor-led art classes, the residents have also come together and started resident-led classes where they learn from one another and teach each other new tricks.
Reynolds points out that children and pets seem to be the classes’ favorite subjects. Her personal favorite pieces are paintings of her grandchildren that she did from photos that she took of them.
Reynolds has enjoyed the stress-relief aspect of her new hobby as well as the friendships she has created, both new and old, from the time spent honing her craft.
ABOUT QUERENCIA AT BARTON CREEK
Querencia at Barton Creek is a premier life care senior living resort located at Barton Creek Boulevard and Chalk Knoll Drive in Austin, Texas, less than a mile from Barton Creek Resort & Club. The 400,000 square-foot senior living resort features 167 independent living residences, including 10 villas, on 38 acres. Residences are available in one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans ranging in size from 830 square feet to more than 2,200 square feet. The Plaza at Querencia features assisted living apartment homes in one- and two-bedroom designs, memory support suites, private nursing rooms for long-term care, and Medicare-certified private suites for short-term rehabilitation.
Querencia at Barton Creek is 501(c)(3) not-for-profit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities Edgemere in Dallas, The Buckingham in Houston, Mirador in Corpus Christi, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, and The Barrington of Carmel in Indianapolis. For information, visit www.QuerenciaBartonCreek.com, or call (512) 610-9401.