Jefferson City artist paints a mural through time
JEFFERSON CITY - Dennis Holliday claims he was born with a paint brush in one hand and a pallet in the other. He hasn't stopped painting since.
Wednesday was the ribbon cutting ceremony of his latest mural in Jefferson City and celebrates decades of change through out the city.
Holliday grew up in Jefferson City and has included not just his own memories in the new mural but many long-time Jefferson City residents as well.
"When I'm working someone will come by and say 'oh do you remember that building?' and you get to talk to people that were born and raised here," Holliday said. "They'll talk to you about different things going on so I add those things too."
Holliday said the Jefferson City council usually gives him permission to paint the murals throughout the city but for his most recent mural, the Cultural Arts Commission gave him the permission.
Holliday said the biggest compliment he gets is when people notice his 3-D style.
"Oh that man that did this, he left his tools on the wall," Holliday said while pointing to the painted tools in his mural that represent "busting into High Street," and looking into the history.
In the past five years he's painted 20 to 25 murals but he said none of them are finished.
"I'll sneak up here on a Saturday or a Sunday and add a little bit more to it," Holliday said, "So it's finished, but it's not finished."
People can see what Holliday has painted (so far) by visiting the mural located at the 300th block of East High Stret.
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