Earnest King of Overtown

Artist Earnest King paints Urban Landscapes in the City of Miami.

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Artist Earnest King paints Urban Landscapes in the City of Miami.
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A painter was set up with an easel and a canvas on the public land across the tracks from Overtown.
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The artist's name is Earnest King. He has been painting since 1977. He says "I'm from California, Alabama, I got family in most states."
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"I work at The Flower Place (1741 NE 2nd Ave) next door to an art gallery, Artopia. Martin Siskind keeps telling me he's gonna give me a show, but he hasn't got around to it yet."
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"Way I do my work is I go out and find some scenery, any type of landscape and just paint it. I like buildings, trees, people."
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"My inspiration is Michelangelo, the way he paints. My auntie had a book of his."
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"I was in jail one time, painting out in the yard, concrete and barb wires, and a guard came up to me and said, you can't do that in here, it's a security breach."
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Latoria walks up and smiles, she says of King's work, "It's refreshing. A lot of people don't paint out here, but it's still beautiful."
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"I taught myself how to paint. I used to smoke a little weed, see a empty wall and just start working."
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"It's a waiting game out here. Sometimes you gotta wait for the light to change, you might not like the way a cloud looks."
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"First thing I ever painted was a big mural of the album cover for Marvin Gaye's, "I Want You," one with all the people dancing on it. Yeah"
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