Kay Hinson paints as a way of life. There are about 240 paintings currently hanging on the walls of her home, and she completes one more painting every day—sometimes more than one.
And she’s been sick quite a bit in the past six years. This level of productivity is really remarkable.
In 2008, she had hip surgery. A year later, it was back surgery. One major surgery followed every year thereafter… culminating in her 2013 diagnosis with breast cancer.
She had a mastectomy eventually, and a grapefruit-sized mass was removed. But doctors were confounded to find out that the mass—which had been undoubtedly tested and found cancerous—was no longer so. Hinson, wife of Pastor Eric Hinson of First Baptist Church Lafayette, believes that God healed her.
And in the midst of all this physical trouble, Hinson never stops creating things. In addition to the paintings, she’s made over 40 quilts in the last few years, most of which to give away to friends and family. She is also an avid poet, having filled notebooks upon notebooks with literally thousands of poems on every topic under the sun. She’s done poetry renditions of books of the Bible, and she faithfully takes notes of all her husband’s sermons… in poetry. She also covers books and notebooks, makes homemade cards, and hangs decorative wallpaper.
Hinson says that being able to create things is a great gift from God, and helps her stay focused. “It’s just part of who I am. My mom and dad both painted, and I’m the only child of the group that paints. And they both wrote poetry. My mom would make us say things in rhyme. And I was like ‘mom, this is so dumb!’ and she would say ‘well, what rhymes with dumb’?
“And with the sickness… if you’re laying up in bed and you can’t do something, you figure out something to do.”
Hinson’s good friend, Shirley High, has been friends with the Hinsons nearly since they moved to Lafayette in 2012.
“She [Kay] has been the biggest inspiration to me of anybody,” said High. “We have become the best of friends, and she’s been there for me in the worst times, like when my husband died. She’s been there for all of that, and supportive… really, everything a friend ought to be. And she’s teaching me how to paint!”
“I don’t want a pity story,” said Hinson, “because God has done so much… he has been faithful.”