A regular retaining wall in Jefferson City has some color to it thanks to a local artist.
David Freeman, a freelance artist who has painted 50 murals in various locations across East Tennessee, painted the mural which will be dedicated at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7.
For Freeman, he is doing what has come naturally for more than 30 years. He literally finds a new view around every corner.
“A private citizen located me to do something on that retaining wall,” Freeman said. “I painted a mural of the Smoky Mountains, featuring a sunset, forest, eagles, bears, raccoons and a sunset. A typical East Tennessee scene.”
The retaining wall that measures 12 ½ feet tall by 310 feet long was transformed from a concrete wall to one that matches the beauty of the mountains.
Freeman’s specialties are of murals and portraits.
“This mural is my 50th one,” he said. “I’ve done many murals, indoors and outdoors, around Gatlinburg.”
Early on, Freeman realized that he had a talent for art.
He started painting horses as a youth and took off from there.
Freeman had his college studies at East Tennessee State University.
He was employed by Morrison Printing at the first of his career, before taking the art director’s job at Morrison division School Calendar Company.
He later served as art director at Acme Printing in Morristown for two years.
Twelve years of commercial art experience prepared him well when he took the plunge into scene painting and portraits, including pencil drawing and pastels.
He later expanded his expertise into oils, acrylics, and watercolors.
“I started going to art festivals and I took off with that,” he said.
He enjoys painting his native scenery of the Great Smoky Mountains. He also paints the beautiful spring flowers of Tennessee, the Iris, Dogwood and Rhododendron.
“The natural beauty of God’s creation serves as a never ending source of inspiration,” Freeman said.
Freeman was a member of the Morristown Art Association, previously serving as its president. He still attends the annual Mountain Makins Festival each fall.
He feels that art is a lifelong study of God’s creations.
He is blessed with the talent to render masterpieces in many types and art styles.
Freeman’s talents are always in demand.
“People call me, if they want something done, I do it,” he said.
For more information, his website is davidfreemanartist.com.