What is it to be an outsider?
This was the question we asked Fifth Grade students at Summit Drive Elementary School. We tasked these children to read, illustrate and paint murals of several stories about racial, gender, financial and political/social inequality.
What you see on this page is entirely student driven work. They were lead through several drawing exercises from observation, taught painting techniques, color theory, composition, critique and of course mural painting!
BIG THANKS to TD Center for Arts Integration, Metropolitan Arts Council, SmartArts, Summit Elementary (for having me) and the amazing teachers and students of this awesome school.
Was invited to paint the Milky Way at East North Street Academy, it was a ton of fun (as you can see.) The planets were painted by staff and added post painting.
Would love to do more work like this, wink wink.
There were so many moving pieces of this project it’ll be hard to touch on everything.
The Communities of Opportunity Mural Program (COMP) aims to improve public health and unite communities with murals as the tool. This particular painting is the culmination of a partnership between The City of Greenville, The Greenville Housing Authority, NHE Property Management, residents of the Gallery at West Greenville, Legacy Charter student volunteers, Greenville Police Department, Greenville’s Fire Department, countless vendors and myself.
We honored living local legends Assistant Fire Chief Roy Mack and Southernsides very own powerhouse Ms Mary Duckett.
The arts concept was entirely community driven and the imagery was drawn by current residents of TGHA: Traniqua Darity, Katie Law and Nick Burns.
The energy surrounding this experience was palatable, the togetherness gave you chills and the ripple effect will be seen for years to come.
Thank you ALL for sharing in this journey. Video coming soon :)
SUPER SPECIAL THANK YOU to my friend Tabatha, this could never have happened if not for your beautiful soul.
This piece of public art is located inside an unused dumpster enclosure at Palmetto Family Orthodontics off Verdae Blvd.
“You put the “i” in Smile” is a forced perspective photo opportunity for the public to enjoy. You don’t have to have braces or a retainer to get inside there and SMILE! Make sure to tag #pfofamily and #blankcanvasmuralco on Instagram
Dr’s Watson and Caldwell are some stand up dudes and were amazing to work for.
Had the pleasure of creating this landscape of Greenville for a Facebook Community Boost event that happened in town.
The piece was painted on 3 separate 4’x8’ panels that were stiched together onsite. The painting itself was completed in the 2 days ahead of the event and final touches were applied onsite the day of.
Sometimes you have a conversation with someone that you know will lead to great things.
After a few phone calls and coffee date with Dan Harding, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Architecture Programs at Clemson University, I was invited to keynote at the Community Built Association conference in Charleston, SC.
There aren’t enough words to describe the experience of working with Clemson’s architecture department to create this acoustic stage that was used for a performance of Dante’s “A New Life” presented during the conference.
The piece was designed and built at Clemson and then reassembled in Charleston at the conference, painted onsite by participating guests during the weeks boot camp.
The end result was nothing short of amazing.
From time to time I get the chance to work on signs, they are technical, challenging and a great break from the expressive nature of mural painting.
It’s important for my creative growth to pursue work that pushes my boundaries.
These murals were created with 7th Grade ELA at Greenville Middle Academy.
We focused our time together on Haiku’s. Since Haiku’s are about nature, we wrote poems about the 5 regions of South Carolina. Each student was responsible for writing their own poem, we critiqued them and chose the poem with the strongest visual elements. Then we worked together to illustrate them. The students took great care in developing these images and color palettes to match.
After the designs were completed, the students were lead through the transfer and process of completing large scale murals.
HUMAN #weallbleedred This community paint by numbers mural was painted by the Poe Mill Community in Greenville, SC. It was a way to bring people together from all walks of life, ages, religions with the goal to create a piece of public art that spoke directly to the human condition
Had the distinct opportunity to make a giant piece of art for a super awesome family, who operate an amazing, funky, delicious brewery here in town.
I loved making this painting. i love drinking their beer.
This was a unit I completed with Stone Academy’s K5 Team.
We focused our energy on the alphabet, numbers and colors. We used the Greenville Zoo and Falls Park to accomplish this.
There is a whole lot I ould say about this unit, but the fact that these kids are 5 years old should be enough.
Sans Souci means Without worry; carefree.
What could be more carefree than dandelion seeds being dispersed by a young child?
This community mural was created for the Sans Souci neighborhood. It’s Located on the side of the Velo Valets bike shop which is owned by the power couple Sarah and Carlo Franco.
These paintings live inside the Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home located in Rock Hill, SC. Each classroom was themed around a concept suggested by faculty that would help further the lessons given in each room.
“Legoland” is the elementary classroom, “Around the World” is the middle school classroom and The “US History” mural is located in the High School classroom.
Located in Columbia, SC this piece took a total of 8 hours and was finished in the middle of the night ahead of an insane rainstorm that lasted 3 days. #hustle
This is my SmartArts Science unit with Stone Academy's 4th Grade Team. We worked on the life cylce of flowering and non-flowering plants, vertebrates and invertebrates. The images below are totally student driven and aside from transferring the image to the wall, all the paint is student work. Seriously amazing work.
not too long ago i did a thing for a thing and yeah, if you wanna know.. it was flippin awesome
Where Birds Fly South and Lions Roar, this awesome sign was commissioned prior to the building being the epic destination that it is. Currently home to awesome tacos, killer coffee and a cache of artists to boot Hampton Station is where it’s at.
Oh yeah, and I can’t take credit for the design.. that comes from local creative gangster Chris Koelle.
“The world is but a canvas to the imagination” - Henry Davis Thoreau
This mural covers half of the front of Quest Leadership Academy. It’s intended purpose was to inspire the youth that attend this school to dream or quest for their dreams.
This mural was created for the City of Greenville as a dedication to it’s rich history in the textile industry.
The redefining moment in my artistic career.
Painting at Poe Mill was the first time in my artistic career where I felt my art had a profound impact on anything or anyone for that matter. These pieces, the experience working within the community for over a year, the people I met, the laughs, arguments and friends I left with are the “why” I continue to do what I do.
Stay humble, be gracious and above all be kind. We are all humans walking around a rock that is suspended in outer space. #weallbleedred
One of my earlier works located on the pool deck of One Miami Condominium in Downtown Miami. If you were to flip this painting vertically and then horizontally you would see the words “onemiami” hidden in the curves.