Virginia Beach mom creates keepsake rock art, donates funds to food bank

Posted at 1:18 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 19:49:20-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - It starts with a sketch.

"Right now, I am just outlining the room," said Virginia Beach mom Kelly Letellier.

With each precise stroke of the pencil, you'd think Letellier has been drawing for years.

"I used to draw celebrities from magazines when I was young, then in college I wanted to be an artist but I wasn't creative enough," she said.

But looking at the homes and even mansions she paints on rocks, one would beg to differ.

Letellier is actually a physical therapist by trade. "My kids and I have been trying to stay busy and have been painting rocks for fun," she explained.

A few weeks back, she got the idea to paint houses on rocks from Facebook. She gets the rocks, no bigger than the palm of your hand, from her backyard.

With a stroke and a smile, no stone is left unturned. She has completed seven rocks, and now has requests to do 30 more.

"I have more free time, and I feel that it is very peaceful and very calming for me," Letellier explained. "It takes about 2 hours, up to 7 hours, but it's taking me longer and longer because I am getting more anal about the details."

The finished product is a keepsake documenting an unparalleled time.

"I do feel like this is something someone is going to have forever and think about this time, a strange time in history we will remember forever," she said.

The best part? The money residents have been giving her for the painted rocks is all going to the local food bank.

"I think the food bank is in desperate need right now," she said. "My initial goal was $1000. I've already raised $700, but now I think I'll up it to $5000."