Ode to a Battle
Art Battle. Eight artists enter. And also eight artists leave because no sharp objects were involved.
Last night was the PBR Art Battle arranged by Asheville muralist Dustin Spagnola, sponsored by PBR and hosted at Fleetwoods in West Asheville. Myself and seven other local artists competed on teams of first four, then two, then one-on-one, working with paint, spray paint, and markers on 4’x4’ panels. We had 45 minutes each round, were only able to use black against the white panels, were not allowed to use any reference images to work from, and each round we started over with a fresh, blank panel. It was an incredibly fun experience and some truly talented folks came out to compete!
I was able to participate in all three rounds and went home with a deep sense of accomplishment. Overall, I’m feeling very grateful to have been part of such a fun event and to have gotten the chance to work with one of my favorite local artists, Alli Good (please go check out her work!). And beyond that, I’m so incredibly grateful to all the wonderful people who came out to cheer us on and for my dear friends who lend me such immense support - I feel overwhelmed by your love, y’all.