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Local Artist Gives Paintings to Huguley Emergency Department

Charles Varner

"Texas Springtime"

Charles Varner, a professional artist and illustrator who lives in Grandview, will donate five custom works of art to the Emergency Department of Huguley Memorial Medical Center.  Three oil paintings of Texas landscapes will hang in the waiting area, and two whimsical illustrations will enhance the Children’s Play Room.

“Mr. Varner’s gift of art, specifically created for our emergency department waiting area, will provide a positive focal point for our patients and their families,” said Tammy Collier, RN, FACHE, Huguley senior vice president of patient care services.  “We appreciate that he is sharing his exceptional talent with us.”

One oil painting, “Texas Springtime,” has been installed in the waiting area.  The 4’ by 5’ painting depicts colorful wildflowers and trees under a vibrant sky.  A cloudscape and a west Texas windmill scene are also planned, and two illustrations of fanciful flying machines will hang in the emergency department’s Children’s Play Room. 

“People in the emergency department are usually stressed, so I want my paintings to provide comfort and interest to them.  I’ve selected Texas scenes that represent hope and strength,” Mr. Varner explained.  “In an original painting, the size, texture, brushstrokes and color work together and can create a profound impact on the viewer.  A print can’t evoke the same response.”

Originally from Overland Park, Kansas, Mr. Varner attended Texas Christian University on a fine arts scholarship.  He has been a professional artist and illustrator since graduating in 1970.  His work has appeared in children’s books, magazines, games, and advertising for clients including American Airlines, Boy Scouts of America and Dr. Pepper.

“Art is a calling.  It’s a way of seeing and responding to the world in a way that most adults outgrow.  I have been blessed to make a living as an artist,” said Mr. Varner.