BY BARBARA GIZZI
Lilly Ann Binet Quintana is the Deltona Art Club’s Artist of the Month for May. Her painting titled Don Quixote is painted with beautifully balanced acrylic colors, and was inspired by the Spanish novel of the same name. It is hanging in the entrance to Deltona City Hall throughout the month.
Lilly was raised in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and attended the Interamerican University of San German and the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez.
She has always liked art as a hobby and always participated in school art classes and craft workshops. In college, she took several elective art classes, including art history, where the professor asked for an interactive children’s book about a Puerto Rican artist as a final project. Hers turned out to be one of the favorites.
“I like to challenge myself and try different techniques and styles. Every painting I’ve done, I’ve enjoyed the process, no matter how simple it may seem. Art for me is therapy, escape, beauty, expression, and a part of the artist’s personality and soul. Without art, the world would be boring,” said Quintana.
Lilly has been a resident of Deltona for about 15 years. Since her young son started school, she finally had the time to give in to her love of art. After learning about the Deltona Art Club on its Facebook page, she attended a meeting and decided to become a member.
The Deltona Art Club meets at 9:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month September-May in the Scrub Jay Room of the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., and takes a break during the summer months. Artists wishing to get inspiration and be among other artists of various styles and mediums are welcome to come join the club in September.