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Don Jacobs’ Wondrous Walls By Devin Greaney Photography Courtesy of Don Jacobs

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"Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious.” - Oscar Wilde


or more than 40,000 years, man has made art by painting and drawing on walls. In 2014, it may not always be the first art form that comes to mind for many except for Jackson, Mississippi artist Don Jacobs who specializes in murals and faux finishes. “Instead of having just having a picture on the wall, you are surrounded by it. It’s pretty neat,” he says. Raised in Brookhaven, Miss., Jacobs has always been involved in some kind of art. A hobby musician as well, he was originally inspired by The Beatles’ music, as many were during that time. Then the visual arts caught him. 24 DeSoto

“I started out working really tiny intricate art in pen and ink and I really didn’t touch painting because I couldn’t get that kind of detail,” he says. But then, he eventually went into painting. “Over time I started working bigger and bigger and I got the urge to work large.” He studied graphic design in Germany, partially because he never thought he could make a living painting. “I never touched on painting but one Christmas my parents gave me acrylics.” And one Sunday when he was in his 30s, he started painting. “It was a whole new world,” he says.

May 2014  

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