22 Dec 2014 Brothers present gift to Searcy Children's Home
Grayson and Langston White recently donated the Winnie the Pooh painting from their art collection to the Searcy Children’s Home.
The boy’s dad, Jason White, painted the piece titled “Friends Helping Friends,” a 48-inch by 48-inch acrylic on canvas. He originally painted the picture for Grayson’s nursery when his wife Stephanie was still expecting.
“We had been talking about what to do with the painting since the boys have outgrown it,” White said. “Then, after I had a business meeting with Taryn Sheets, we felt led to talk to the boys about giving the painting as a gift. After explaining what the Searcy Children’s Home does, Grayson and Langston both got excited about the idea of being able to help other kids.”
With an artistic dad as a positive role model, the boys have each inherited his passion for art.
“We have lots of art, so we wanted to share this picture with other kids who don’t get to enjoy art like we do,” Grayson said. “I hope they like all the bright colors in the painting. That makes it really happy.”
Once the White family made their decision, Jason called Taryn Sheets, executive director of the Searcy Children’s Home, to share the story about the donation.
“When Taryn told me the center’s nursery was decorated in Winnie the Pooh, it felt like the meeting was divinely inspired,” he said.
According to Sheets, Grayson and Langston’s gift is the first art donation the center has received from an individual or family. The painting will be hung in the nursery of the Little Seedlings Child Development Center, located inside the Searcy Children’s Home.
“My wife and I encourage the boys to follow their passion but always to put others first,” White said. “This is the first art donation the boys have been involved in, and I know it will not be the last. The experience has served as a teaching opportunity to encourage the boys to give back to society and help those in need. We are so happy to see that they have such a giving spirit!”
White uses a variety of mediums to create original works of art including commissioned paintings on canvases, windows, murals and even Toms shoes.
White’s Artworks is working to build a non-profit organization that focuses on helping abused and neglected children through art therapy. A percentage of all commissioned work is used to purchase supplies for the organization. Visit WhitesArtworks.com or Facebook.com/WhitesArtworks. For more information, please contact artist Jason White at 501.593.5070.