Kevin English started painting at 12 years old with two cans of 96-cent spray paint and an old pigpen. “I’m from a pretty small town,” Kevin says of his hometown, Powhatan, Virginia. “I grew up on 100 acres with nothing better to do. Someone I knew had painted something on the side of his barn. I asked my mom to get me two cans of spray paint, one green and one white, so I could do a piece on the door of our barn. It didn’t turn out too great, but I quickly evolved with markers, spray paint, airbrush, and acrylic.”

Now fresh out of high school, Kevin says, “Each painting is what I like to call a ‘visualization.’ I have no sketches going in, just a main layout. I draw and paint whatever comes to my mind. It’s just amazing to me because [my paintings] also tell a story of my life. No matter how I was feeling, I always used painting to describe the day. I can look back – and for example, be like April 10th, 2017 – I was mad or happy or sad, whatever emotion I was feeling. Honestly I’m not sure where it comes from.  All I know is I’m glad I have it.”

Kevin, who sometimes uses the pseudonym Killian Earnhardt, records time-lapse videos showing his creative process with oil based paint markers, water based markers, and spray paint on canvas.


 

Pink Eye


 

Down from the Dark Side


 

Liberation Day

 


 

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Kevin English
There’s not really much of a story to me. I come from a rural community where everybody knows everybody. I grew up on a good sized piece of land with a few sheds that were to me blank canvases. I am fresh out of high school. I’m in the process of becoming a professional wrestler. I’ve had a creative mind as far back as I can remember. I started painting outside of school when I was 12. It all started with 2 cans of 96 cent spray paint and a wall on an old pig pen. I wasn’t very good at it but I loved doing it. I’m thankful every day that I’ve made time for both painting and wrestling outside of working. They both have became an amazing part of my life over the years.

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  1. Kevin, thanks so much for sharing your art! The time-lapse videos provide such insight into your creative process. Keep painting! These expressions of your creativity, feelings, and talent are worth sharing.

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