Jerrell Gibbs’ Meteoric Increase in the Art Planet
by Lauren LaRocca
Printed July 6 in Baltimore Magazine
Excerpt: Right after dropping out of college or university (twice), Jerrell Gibbs labored as a residence health and fitness aide though he and his wife raised their daughter in Baltimore County. For a even though, he worked a day shift and a night change simultaneously to present for his relatives. All through a single of those evening shifts, he discovered himself seeking at a picture in his cellular phone of his spouse and daughter, and, on a whim, began sketching it—something he hadn’t done considering the fact that he was a child. Then he despatched the finished drawing to his spouse.
“I bought it and was like, ‘Who drew this?’” Sheila Gibbs remembers, laughing. “It arrived to me by shock. I was impressed. I was like, ok this could be a very little some thing. Because we had been newly married and battling economically, I was like, ‘Why really don’t you start tattooing or something, make us some extra cash?’”
Gibbs took his wife’s tips to coronary heart and delved extra deeply into sketching and also began building tattoos. Noticing her husband’s rising interest, Sheila acquired him an easel and art supplies the next 12 months for Father’s Working day, which furthered his new “hobby.” Not only did he start out experimenting with the practice of portray, he devoured guides and other elements to understand as substantially as he could on the topic.