LEXINGTON, Kentucky (LEX 18) — Wylie Caudill’s life has always involved art and creativity.
At least that’s what his family tells him.
“My parents tell the story that I was drawing as soon as I could hold a pencil,” Caudill said.
The pencil evolved into a brush for Caudill.
Raised in Cynthiana and now living in Lexington, Caudill’s artistic muse is more often than not for murals.
Over the years, Caudill has built a strong online following for people to follow his work, and it has helped him continue to call his passion his career.
“Social media is everything. It’s kind of my whole career. I get a lot of jobs through my Tik Tok and Instagram. I keep everything up to date on social media,” Caudill said.
While much of his work is in mural form, Caudill created quite a few canvas paintings in his day.
One of the latest is a striking image of a lone man on a mountaintop as origami cranes fill the sky.
A beautiful piece inspired by the work of a young girl in Lexington.
“I chose this drawing that this student made of these triangular mountains everywhere and I found that very appealing because it matched an element of my style that is a lot of repetition,” Caudill said.
“I thought I could turn all these mountains into three-dimensional, colorful landscapes.”
Wylie wasn’t alone in this partnership with kids.
Several artists took children’s drawings and created their own renderings ahead of this year’s Reimagine exhibit at the Living Arts and Sciences Center.
It is offered through Arts Connect, a non-profit organization founded by Kate Savage six years ago to raise awareness and opportunities for artists.
The Reimagine exhibit has become a mainstay for Arts Connect, honoring the experience of Laurie Barnett, who inspired the event through an interaction with her daughter.
“Laurie’s daughter had a little drawing she made and she asked her mom to rethink it in a grown-up way,” Savage said.
“It’s not just the student that inspires the adult. It is also the mature artist who inspires the youth to continue making art. To practice that particular creative talent they have.”
The exhibition is on view from Friday, September 16 through October 14, at the Living Arts and Science Center.
Once it’s closed, all artwork will be auctioned off and the proceeds will go back to local art supplies schools and programs.
It is a wonderful experience for children that Caudill would have liked as a child.
“They can do their drawing that they did now and grow up later, learn a few artistic skills, be more creative and do something like that someday,” Caudill said.