Leila Spence’s painting

Leila Spence, a resident at Villa Manor Care Center in Lakewood, Colorado, recently had her artwork featured on a Christmas card.


Each year, nursing home company Life Care Centers of America invites residents in more than 200 nursing and rehab facilities nationwide to submit card designs, and one piece is chosen for each of the organization’s geographical divisions. A total of eight designs are printed and distributed to facilities and regional offices throughout Life Care.


Spence’s painting won the top spot in the Mountain States Division contest and is being featured on Christmas cards sent around the nation.


“Painting has always been very important to me,” said Spence. “It is a way that I have been able to express my feelings and emotions. It takes me to a peaceful place where I can be creative. The Christmas card I designed is a female cardinal that I felt depicted the Christmas season, with the color of the cardinal being yellow and the berries a Christmas red.”


Spence started painting 12 years ago and has created many cards and paintings that she likes to display in her room and share with others.

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