LEWISBURG — Her basement is spacious — huge, really — but unlike most it isn’t dark and damp. It is, instead, bright and airy. It’s no wonder Pat Baylor has no trouble working here. A large glass door lets in plenty of light, allowing Baylor to spend hours at a time working on her favorite pastime — painting.
In this basement are tables filled with piles drawings waiting to be brought to life with the stroke of Baylor’s brush. Plastic bins line a wall on one end of the room, filled with completed works waiting for a new home.
Baylor flips through several paintings. There are pictures of animals, pictures of landscapes and flowers — several of her favorite things.
“It’s very hard for me to paint something I don’t like,” she said.
Baylor, a native of Danville who now lives in Lewisburg, has been painting for as long as she can remember and said that though she goes through phases on subject matter her dedication to painting hasn’t wavered. It has, rather, gotten stronger.
Baylor’s love of art and, specifically, painting, started while a student at St. Cyrils Academy in Danville, where she graduated from high school. She continued her education at the University of Maryland and took art classes in college at Enterprise, Ala., while her husband was stationed at Fort Rucker. Her career counseling people with drug and alcohol problems eventually led to her habit of giving away her work.
“I’d have individuals in my care for six months or so,” she said. “I would always paint each person a watercolor at the end of their time with me and write a personal note on the back that pertained to them.”
As her career progressed (she eventually retired as the program director for New Life Addiction Counseling Services, Inc., in Pasadena, Md.), Baylor found herself painting more often and trying out different mediums.