LUBBOCK, Texas – Garrison Geriatric Education and Care Center celebrates local landscape artist Dorothy Franklin who turned 102 today. Franklin picked up a paintbrush just a little over 10 years ago and has been creating works of art ever since. 

“I can’t imagine me being over a 100, Honey,” Franklin said. “It’s never soaked in. I just think a hundred is somebody else, but here I am.”

Franklin also said later that her inspiration to put paint on canvas has been for a very different reason.

I’ve given so many of them away,” Franklin said, “to people that take care of me, clean my room, and do things like that.”

Franklin paints smaller paintings that don’t take up as much time, so she can give them away as gifts to staff and nurses who have taken care for her in the nursing home.