Franciscan Health employee painting through the pandemic

A local employee at Franciscan Health Lafayette is sharing stories of frontline healthcare workers.

Posted: Aug 21, 2020 1:55 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A healthcare worker at Franciscan Health East is using her creativity to share inspiring stories.

Lizzy Rainey is Radiologic Technologist at Franciscan Health. When she's not at the hospital, she spends her time painting. 

Rainey has been painting for 20 years. Prior to the pandemic, Lizzy painted landscape pictures. Some of her landscape pictures were inspired by X-Ray scans. If Rainey found an interesting scan, she would paint a picture to resemble it.

However, due to COVID-19, Rainey's paintings have changed. She started painting pictures of frontline healthcare workers fighting the coronavirus. 

"I started to paint the good in here and that was the technologist caring for each other and helping each other on the job," said the artist.

Rainey said she was inspired by the frontline workers as they continued to work through tough circumstances.

"They were fighting to do the job well, even though the conditions had become rough," Rainey said. 

All of Rainey's pictures are used to tell the inspirational stories of healthcare workers. However, there's one specific thing the artist focuses on each time she paints. 

"I focused on the eyes in several paintings," said Rainey. "I wanted to display that hope is in the eyes."

Rainey said she's the type of person to go with the "wave of inspiration" As long as she continues to feel inspired to paint, she plans to continue to do so.

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