For Tracy Jarrels, art is a great liberation. She brings her joy to “go in there and make a mess and see what comes out of it”.
Her art also brings calm to the people around her.
“I like to create pieces that are calming and relaxing, and the responses I have received from the community are just that: they feel relaxed, warm, calm,” said Jarrells.
This fits well with the art he had on display at the Patricia S. Bendall Art Gallery at Birmingham’s Brookwood Baptist Medical Center in July. She sees it as a way to assist patients and visitors.
Something for the patients
“It gives them something else to think about besides being in the hospital,” Jarrels explained.
The gallery hosted the works of local artists – until the COVID-19 pandemic, when the program was suspended. Jarrells is the first artist to be featured as part of a reboot.
David McKinney, community relations and communications manager for the Brookwood Baptist Health System, said the gallery “offers Brookwood visitors the opportunity to brighten their days while receiving care and is a preferred facility landmark. by staff members in different departments “.
McKinney noted that many of Jarrells’ pieces have bible verses on the back and are inspired by his faith, so they fit perfectly into the gallery, which is directly across from a new chapel.
His work “perfectly represents Brookwood Baptist Health’s mission to extend Christ’s healing ministry,” McKinney said.
Jarrells says this is her hope on a holistic level: she always prays that God will guide her art and hospital work is also important to her. She was a “candy crawler” growing up; her parents have always served in their local hospital; and her father was president of the subsidiary. And her daughter is a NICU nurse at another medical facility.
“It’s a great place, a tough place, but it’s important to invest,” Jarrels said. “I think it’s important to support, love and encourage those who are there.”
Starting as a young man
Like her hospital service, Jarrells’ art also began when she was a child. An aunt did trades with her and her sister, and she liked it.
“I enjoyed creating something, doing something,” he said.
She took classes at the local art museum and college, then studied art in high school, but introduced it when she graduated and raised a family.
“I had my kids, my family and I moved, and now they’re all grown up, so I have a little more time,” Jarrells said. “I got all the supplies out again and it was really fun.
“I think the only thing I would say is that if you are a young mom, we are often overshadowed. No regrets of course, but it would have been great if I had taken some time and had that time to enjoy it. I encourage people to take the time to do what you love ”.
Most of Jarrells’ work is acrylic on canvas, although he has experimented with textures, thicknesses, and added things like sand and stone to his pieces. She said she loves the opportunity to create something other people can enjoy.
“We are in a world where we consume so much – we consume social media, entertainment, movies and sports,” said Jarrels. “It’s really fun for me to be able to create something beautiful and give back.”
Skill and passion
She believes that God has given her the ability and the passion to express herself through art.
“I think the Lord really dumped it into my DNA. Getting it out was really fun, “Jarrels said.” Inspiration comes from all different things, and I try to put a Bible verse on the back of most of them, either out of intuition or encouragement for someone else. ” .
The pieces reflect the truth of the verse, he said. Like a piece that says “don’t be anxious” on the back, she said her prayer to her is that anyone who sees it will be “remembered that the Lord has it”.
The Brookwood Art Gallery is located on the ground floor between the main entrance and the Women’s Medical Center.
For more information on Jarrells art, visit his Instagram, @tracyjarrellsart.