Artist Explains Mural – Brevard NC

Brian Tull, an awarding-winning artist from Tennessee, with help from his wife, Laura, painted the large mural of a man sitting on the tailgate of a truck on the wall at the Brevard Lumberyard.

“Like all of my paintings, my inspiration starts off with nostalgia,” Tull said. “I wanted to capture the spirit of a hard working, small-town person taking a break and reflecting on his community and the good in it.

“I visited Brevard for the first time early last year. The idea, thankfully, came to me fairly quickly. I think Josh Leder’s decision to preserve the Lumberyard’s name and what it stood and stands for is very wise. I wanted to carry that over to the mural, as well, and make the background, as well as the top hand-painted letters, look a little distressed; prompting the viewer to ask if it’s been there awhile.

“I work from reference photos with all of my paintings. The subject in the mural is actually my brother-in-law, Tony Tanner. I called him one weekend while visiting family in west Tennessee: ‘Meet me at Wayne Elam’s (the owner of the truck in the mural) and wear some old work clothes, hat, and some beat-up boots; I’ll bring the rest.'”

Tull showed up with a brown paper sack, old thermos, apple and a camera. He shot about 200 reference photos and edited them all down to choose the final image. Laura did all the “underpainting” and the filling in of colors on the entire truck portion of the mural. Tull came back through and blended it all together. It took around 29 days to paint the mural.

Every quart of paint came from the local Sherwin Williams in Brevard.

“We still lack sealing the bottom two or three feet of the mural as well as signing it,” Tull said. “God blessed us with some great weather and health the whole time.”

Tull thanked Josh Leder, who owns the Lumberyard, and Chris Flowy, who runs the Haen Gallery, for the chance to do the mural.

“They’re really doing something great in the Lumberyard,” he said.

Tull also spotlighted the artists and those providing other creative outlets in the area, such as Courtney Carter, Erin Jones, Billy Smith and Jackson Wine.

“Brevard, and the people there, are truly the most genuine I have ever met,” Tull said.

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Source: Transylvania Times