MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A young Memphis artist is using his paintings based on his own personal experiences with police, racism, and gun violence, to inspire others.
Brandon Luellen, 19, lets his art express what words cannot convey.
"It became more of a passion for me," Luellen said. "To actually paint a picture of what I feel."
A recently completed series entitled "United We Stand, Divided We Fall" features six paintings. Each one of the paintings represents one word from the title of the series.
"I did this painting the day before we did the Memphis peaceful protest," Luellen said.
Recent events, and his own encounters with what he believes was racial profiling, inspired his art, along with the shooting death last year of his teenage cousin shortly before his high school prom.
"Violence, or gun violence, doesn't just affect one group. It affects everyone as a human race," Luellen said.
He is an honors graduate of Whitehaven High and current Arkansas State University student and hopes to sell his paintings.
He wants to, among other things, start a scholarship in the name of his late cousin.
"I want to just show that not only can we be creative, but we can also be peaceful and positive," Luellen said.
He is motivating others - one brush stroke at a time.
"And you can make a change through whatever your passion is," he said.