Reflections Summer Issue | Volume 17, Number 3 - Page 74

PURSUITS

LOWCOUNTRY INSPIRED artist

CHRIS

WALKER

BY HEATHER L . YOUNG PHOTOS BY PAIGE GLAZER
“ WHEN EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE GOING AGAINST YOU , REMEMBER THAT THE AIR- PLANE TAKES OFF AGAINST THE WIND , NOT WITH IT ,” the inspirational Henry Ford quote we see every day as we drive down 144 , is just the latest of many Chris Walker murals to pop up around town . He has painted murals in J . F . Gregory Park , the side of Charlie Graingers , Sterling Creek Park , and this most recent piece on the side of Exclusive Engravings . Propelled by the idea that people stuck in traffic might appreciate it , Chris was on site at 5am and knocked it out in one day .
Mural painting poses unique challenges that aren ’ t suited for just any artist . You must be willing to tackle massive canvases on a variety of surfaces , think cinder block , brick , or wood . You might be working in the public eye or in the privacy of someone ’ s home . You might spend days climbing scaffolding to paint a ceiling , or hours on your hands and
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