One of my favorite parts of the South is the amazing influence that it seems to have on all aspects of life. From food and style to art and music, it is easy to see its rich influence. I love being able to uncover these hidden influences because it showcases how a culture I hold dear continues to progress throughout time.
I’m so happy to see our generation continue to uphold the traditions of our ancestors and continue the southern legacy. When I first met Brandon Peebles, he resembled the makings of a southern gentleman – kindness, style and manners. When I found out that he was an artist as well, I was thrilled to learn that his southern culture carried over.
The Orange City native has been able to blend the old with the new – drawing on southern history and modern influences. Peebles takes time to browse through southern history books get a feel for the culture. Country music has also had an influence on his work – especially slow songs that give a peaceful mindset. Nowadays he’s finding that his art is a tribute to the South and the lifestyle that depicts him. “It’s more fun when you have something to draw that relates to a part of your life.”
The University of Florida and its environment have also inspired some of Peebles’ work. You can often find Peebles sitting outside under the oak trees and using the environment for inspiration.
Peebles’ hobby has transformed into an endeavor where he is able to give back to the community. He recently volunteered as a Project Makeover art coordinator where he created murals to beautify local schools. These murals provide students with a dynamic and fun environment in which they can better learn.
The 21-year-old industrial and systems engineer hopes to pursue a job in engineering. But there’s always the thought of doing more that keeps him motivated – “In the back of my mind is the question of what if I did decide to pursue a career in art,” Peebles said.
Brandon is such a humble artist who genuinely enjoys exploring his background and incorporating it into art. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for him and his artwork. He has some exciting news coming soon about an upcoming project he’s been working on. His story will continue in a Part 2 post sometime in April.