Painting during the pandemic: How a SWFL artist is making a difference

Writer: Drew Hill
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A Southwest Florida artist has spent much of the pandemic painting murals in homes. Now her work is catching the eyes of even more homeowners.

All Jane Ford needs is water, paint and a splash of imagination. “Color, a lot of color. I love mixing colors and I love paint,” said Ford.

Jane is the artist that paints murals on the walls of Southwest Florida homes. Because of the pandemic, she’s in high demand right now.

“I’m doing a painting now of Sanibel island for a couple in Pennsylvania because they travel down here,” Ford said.

Nancy Brosey is just one of the homeowners who reached out to Ford. She was looking to turn her lanai into her own personal Florida oasis.

Brosey lives in Cape Coral. “Now, we’re so limited in what we do so to come home and have a space where I can just sit there and just relax and enjoy it, I love it!” she said.

Nancy says the finished product is more than she could ever imagine. Underneath all of the bright colors, the flora and the fauna, Ford added a piece of home.

“It brought me to tears when she had at my dogs. That’s my heart and I love my boys so that was the one that really did it,” said Brosey.

Ford says she’s glad she can bring joy to people during such a difficult time. “I find it really brings a lot of joy to people especially now,” said Ford.

This mural has generated quite a bit of social media buzz as well. More than 50,000 people have now seen it. Which is leading to new projects for Jane Ford.

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