Morgan Turney’s Art and Future Ambissions
Lake Region High School senior Morgan Turney loves to sketch, dance, sculpt, and take photographs. “I really like the expression of art through colors,” the 17-year-old Auburndale girl says.[emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”]
Her love for art was apparent from her early days, when she began drawing and doodling with crayons and markers before attending preschool. In middle school, she majored in 3-D art at Winter Haven’s Jewett School of the Arts. There her teacher, Kathy Power, inspired her and enabled her to have her work shown at the Polk Museum of Art. This year she placed first in the Florida 4-H Poster Art Contest individual pencil category Senior division for her “Healthy Habits-Food Choices” sketch featuring a woman serving an apple and milk, along with the 4-H logo.
“I think she did an excellent job. It incorporates what 4-H is about. Healthy lifestyle is one of the 4-H missions,” says Amanda Squitieri, Polk County 4-H agent. “She’s always submitted really good work.” Entries were judged based on their message, creativity, design, construction, effort, and required elements.
Turney, the daughter of Deana and Alan Turney, uses charcoal on her sketches. For special projects, she completes her artwork with colored pencils. “The things I’ve done have been in a certain color scheme,” she explains.
She likes to sketch landscapes, especially, mountains, and was inspired by the Alaskan coastlines on a family vacation. At home, she likes to draw farms, orange blossoms, and other local flowers.
After a neighbor died of pancreatic cancer when she was nine, Morgan Turney decided to pursue a healthcare career. She is planning to major in biomedical science in college and become a pharmacist. She also hopes to minor in art. “I don’t know if that’s going to be sketching or dancing yet,” she explains.
Morgan Turney, who has been in 4-H since she was 12, says the group has helped teach her to pay attention to directions and guidelines through their events. “I really love the community. It’s like one big family,” she says.
Her mother Deana is glad her daughter has a hobby like art that can reduce her stress while working in her career. “I think it’s a great thing,” she says.
No one else in the family has taken to art the way she has, although her grandmother Jimmie Ruth Howell of Auburndale, is into crafts. Deanna Turney adds, “I think that’s where she’s gotten some of that skill.”
story by CHERYL ROGERS