Artist of the Month: Lillian Banick

Lillian Banick, February Artist of the Month at the Dunmore Activity Center, is shown with three of her paintings, from left:  “Lake Scranton”, “Paris,” and “Horse Frolicking.”  

Lillian Banick is one of the most dedicated painters at the painting class at Dunmore Activity Center.  She and her sister, Lucille, were even seen stopping at the center for painting tips during the last COVID opening.

Lillian always admired art and her story is memorable.  

“I started oil painting while working with the United States Foreign Service,” Lillian explains. “I was stationed in countries around the world, but I believe I took my first art lessons while serving in India. Over the course of my career with the State Department, I painted landscapes and cityscapes of places that captured my imagination in France, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, etc. After retirement, I didn’t pick up a brush for many years.” 

The above quote was shared by her proud nephew, Brian Petula, Esq. who lovingly added,” I enjoy looking at my aunt’s paintings of the Taj Mahal, places she visited in the Rhine, the view from her embassy apartment in Hong Kong, etc. 

“Each painting reminds us of her many memorable stories and adventures of service around the world. For example, in India Aunt Lil worked with Mother Teresa helping place some of the most disadvantaged orphans with families in the United States. 

“I have one of Aunt Lil’s paintings of an old German village hanging in my living room. It is a daily reminder of how proud I am of her service and contributions to our country.”

When Lillian discovered that the Dunmore Senior Center was offering a painting class, she was enthused and “jumped at the opportunity.”  The benefits are many, and she says, “It’s been more rewarding than I ever expected!”  

As well as painting, Lillian enjoys the social aspect of the class and the ability to share techniques with others. 

“This class provides me the opportunity to meet many interesting people and view their paintings. Our instructor Jill Swersie is very patient and has shared invaluable artistic advice.  “We have a good time and learn a lot from each other,” she notes. 

Lucille enjoys painting with her friends, and notes, “Landscapes and animals are my favorite subjects.”  

Her niece, Linda Ross, comments, “I recently received a painting of a lion and a lioness lying together in the grasslands that my Aunt Lillian recently completed during quarantine since her art classes are currently on hold. It is something I will cherish forever and I am proud to have her expression of art adorn our home.”

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