“Every mural tells a story, and there’s a story behind every mural”
Philip M. Coleman
Muralist / Artist Since 1990
Painting is the place I go to connect with what I believe to be where I can listen and and get in tune with my heart. It’s a place of peace, and at the same time, it’s a place where at times I struggle with listening to my heart. But, eventually my heart wins out. My art has to “look right” to me to get it to a place that I am satisfied with until I am done. I’m sure it’s similar to others that have a passion for creating or building. It is what it is.
Over the years I’ve had to work many different jobs to support myself and my family, from being a custodian to a locomotive engineer. I befriended a retired structural engineer and artist in Alameda, CA. when I was working for the railroad. I envied him. He was retired and had a studio next to a marina. I told him how I was hoping one day to do what he did, which was paint all day. He said, “one day you will,... when you are retired!” Not quite the answer I was looking for, but one that was encouraging all the same. Life is what it is. Some of us are lucky enough to make a living doing what we love. Others, like me, work our “day jobs” and do what we can to follow our passions. My passion for creating art and murals is in my heart. Always will be. Just like I need the necessities of life; water, air, companionship, love, etc., I need that place where I can listen to my heart and paint.