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Right:

Counselor

Jackie Hatcher pos-

ing with the lion

Floyd painted on her

window.

Below:

Floyd began

her window painting

by painting win-

dows in downtown

Lavonia.

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REAGAN FLOYD

LAKE LIVING

Ms. Cathy Cavin, Mrs. Judy Kerr, and Kevin McClain offered me,”

Floyd said. “And I soaked up everything they could teach me like a

sponge. With the help of all these people, my proclivity grew into a

passion.” Now, the 19-year-old University of North Georgia sopho-

more is turning that passion for creativity into a career.

The Franklin County native began to think about art as a way to

make money while she was still in high school. Her mother encour-

aged her to begin accepting commission work. Floyd found she was

well received in the community and began doing paintings for anyone

who contacted her. When she wasn’t busy with commissions, she was

creating art to sell on Facebook.

Her father, Eddie Floyd, and grandfather, Larry Floyd, soon gave

her a small gallery space in the paint department of Morgan Hard-

ware, the family business.

It was while she was working at Morgan’s that she painted her first

set of windows. It was fall, and Floyd said she was obsessedwith flow-

ers around that time. Taking inspiration from Van Gogh, she bright-

ened up the storefront with giant sunflowers.

Storeowners in downtown Lavonia began to take notice and of-

fered Floyd the opportunity to paint their storefront windows as well.

Since that time, Floyd has maintained a steady stream of clients from

Lavonia, Carnesville, Royston and Toccoa.

After graduating from Franklin County High School, Floyd en-

rolled in the art program at the University of North Georgia in

Dahlonega. Wanting to continue her window painting business,