Artist do­nates ea­gle paint­ing to vet­er­ans home

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Lorene Moore

Lo­cal artist Diane Se­bring has found a way to com­bine three of her pas­sions - wa­ter­color, birds and pa­tri­o­tism - in her beau­ti­ful de­pic­tion of our na­tion’s sym­bol, the bald ea­gle.

“Ea­gles are amaz­ing,” Se­bring said. “I love paint­ing all birds, but ea­gles are my fa­vorite. You can feel their majesty, their power.”

Se­bring has painted birds and other wildlife for many years, with many of her projects tak­ing up to 30 hours. The time she spends with them makes each one have per­sonal mean­ing for her.

As she be­gan work­ing on this piece, a feel­ing came to her that this beau­ti­ful crea­ture needed a spe­cial home. That was when the idea to do­nate him to the Cen­tral Utah Vet­er­ans Home in Payson be­gan. She has al­ways been a strong sup­porter of our vet­er­ans and deeply grate­ful for the sac­ri­fices they have made. She wanted her ea­gle to show the vet­er­ans liv­ing there that they are ap­pre­ci­ated and that they are loved.

“For all her faults, this coun­try is the great­est place to live on our planet,” Se­bring said. “It is that way be­cause of the free­dom we have to live, learn and be­lieve as we choose. That free­dom was won for us and is pre­served still for us by our vet­er­ans.”

Se­bring’s daugh­ter Lorene Se­bring Moore has writ­ten sev­eral sto­ries based on their fam­ily’s his­tory. When her mother asked her to come up with a story that could pro­vide the nar­ra­tive for this paint­ing, she was ex­cited to be a part of the project. In her fam­ily his­tory re­search, she had found in­for­ma­tion about John Se­bring, who served as cap­tain of a bat­tal­ion in New Jer­sey dur­ing the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War.

“We know John served, along with his three brothers, his son and other rel­a­tives,” Moore said. “He re­signed as an of­fi­cial in the city gov­ern­ment to lead his rel­a­tives, friends and neigh­bors in the fight for our free­dom. This story re­flects who we be­lieve he must have been to lead them.” The Photo Shop on Main Street in Payson printed, mounted and pro­vided the frame as their con­tri­bu­tion to the project. Owner Steve Par­son was glad to be able to be a part of it as well. Vet­er­ans Eric Wiech­man and Terry Win­ter, and Guadalupe “Lupe” Warren, a widow of one of our vet­er­ans, ac­cepted the paint­ing on be­half of ev­ery­one liv­ing at the home. “I can’t wait to see where they hang it,” Warren said. “It means a lot that peo­ple have not for­got­ten us.” Se­bring truly has not. She has also do­nated home­made cards for the vet­er­ans to be able to send to their fam­i­lies on spe­cial oc­ca­sions and has par­tic­i­pated in sev­eral projects send­ing home­made cards over­seas to mil­i­tary per­son­nel for the same pur­pose. “Most of us just run to the store when we need a card,” Se­bring told us. “They can’t do that eas­ily, some not at all. Mak­ing blank home­made cards al­lows them to be a part of those spe­cial times with their fam­i­lies in­stead of feel­ing like they miss out on them.” Al­ways on the look­out for ways to show her ap­pre­ci­a­tion to vet­er­ans and mil­i­tary per­son­nel, Se­bring sees each op­por­tu­nity as a small dent in what she feels they de­serve. “This is such a small gift com­pared to what they have given us,” Se­bring said. “We owe them such a debt of grat­i­tude.”

Artist Diane Se­bring re­cently do­nated a paint­ing she cre­ated of a bald ea­gle to the Cen­tral Utah Vet­er­ans Home in Payson.

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