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Carter Center Feature Story: Jerome Lawrence

There are a lot of images that convey the spirit of the Carter Center's work around the world, but few are as unusual and exuberant as a painting of bright red tulips by local Atlanta artist Jerome Lawrence. The vibrant, cheerful painting titled "Tulips are People II," was featured on the Carter Center's 2008 holiday card. Lawrence was selected not only for his artistic skill, but also because his life of recovery with schizophrenia is a message of hope for others struggling with mental illness.

Lawrence, whose pieces favor vivid colors and often depict natural subjects like flowers and landscapes, says the tulips were inspired by a springtime visit to the Center's grounds. He believes tulips, in their many shapes and hues, represent people from around the world and the beauty that can occur when we all work together.

"We all are so inspired by Jerome's talent and his life story," says Dr. Thomas Bornemann, director of the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. "At The Carter Center, we work to raise awareness among the public that recovery is possible for people with even the most serious mental illnesses. Jerome's experience is powerful testimony to this fact."

Fans of Jerome Lawrence's art have a unique opportunity to support The Carter Center through the Center's annual Winter Weekend celebration. Lawrence has generously donated a piece of original art to the Center's live auction on Feb. 7, 2009. The piece, which also features tulips, reflects Jerome's belief that "love comes out of nowhere."

Learn more about the Winter Weekend auction >>

Related Resources
Jerome Lawrence website >
Carter Center Mental Health Program >

Watch Jerome Lawrence's interview on WXIA-TV (NBC-Atlanta), on the Carter Center's "Christmas Card of Hope," Dec. 18, 2008 > (This video is no longer available)

Jerome Lawrence (right), Atlanta artist, talks with Dr. Thom Bornemann (left), director of the Carter Center's Mental Health Program. Lawrence, who has struggled with mental illness, has donated a painting to the Carter Center's annual Winter Weekend celebration, Feb. 7, 2009.

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Jerome Lawrence created this painting of cheerful, bursting red tulips dappled with white. Jerome describes the work as reflecting that "love comes out of nowhere." Lawrence, who has struggled with mental illness, has been a presenter with Rosalynn Carter in the Carter Center's Mental Health Program.

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