About a decade ago, a close friend and I spent a short night putting
up some toy tags in an alleyway in downtown Potsdam, NY. I know the
owner of the wall which always made me feel a little sour about
defacing his wall.
Every time I would see him in passing he would allude to knowing that
we had a part in the graffiti on the wall of his art gallery and tile
shop. I always joked that “whoever” did would come back someday to
cover the poor eye sore and bring some life to the alleyway wall.
It took ten years for me to come back and make good on my word. The
painting of the wall, or atleast my part, could only be done in less
than 24 hours on a rainy dreary day. What pictures you will see is
just the beginning of many hours of work to come from many other
I worked with fellow Potsdam artist, Colin Prahl, who just graduated
from RISD. My art show, Parlor Tricks, preceded a body of work by
Colin that is now on display at the gallery. Among the rainy day of
painting there was wind gusts, a gutter-less roof providing random
downpours on its own, and layers upon layers of all types of paint
that may still not have dried. I was lucky enough though to share the
day with great artists and friends who came by to support and chat.
Thank you to all who support the arts in the North Country, and I can
only hope the beginning of this mural may help inspire the next
generation to put their mark where they see fit, and work hard to
improve their mark.