Local artist finds her passion during retirement
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Local artist finds her passion during retirement

Deborah Akerman Bailey always wanted to be an artist, but it wasn’t until she had raised her children and retired that she found the time. Now, portraits are her favorite things to paint. Deborah Akerman Bailey grew up wanting to be a mother, an artist, a singer, and a dancer. "I’m successful in two, and I promise no one wants to hear me sing or to see me dance," said Bailey. Now, as an artist looking back at my life and the time gap in my art, I wouldn’t change a thing." She said her creativity comes from God, nature, children, being married to a hard-working farmer, and then growing up to appreciate the beauty in those things. "I see the beauty in life and, when I’m able to convey it on canvas, my paintings speak," she said. "When someone looks at one of my paintings and tells me it reminds them of their ‘whoever,’ or the time they did whatever, I’m humbled. That’s what I want them to feel." Bailey’s father, Bob Akerman, was a draftsman in the aerospace industry, and her mother, Deloris, was a stay-at-home mom who raised five children. "Mom’s ability to budget a one-income […]

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