Justin-Gaffrey

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The Beautiful Textured Art of “Sculpting with Paint”

Chef and restauranteur-turned-artist Justin Gaffrey blurs the boundaries between paintings and sculptures with his eye-catching landscapes and floral creations. The Walton County, Florida-based visual artist aptly describes his method of art as “sculpting with paint.” Working primarily with palette knives and a countless assortment of acrylic paints, Gaffrey manages to produce beautifully textured works of art inspired by the natural world around him.

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“You are not who you think you are
you are not who you think you are
you are not who you think you are
you are not what you are afraid of
you are not who you love
you are not what they say you are
you are not what they taught you
you are not your job
you are not who you think you are
you are not who your neighbor thinks you are
you are not what they did to you
rip your hair, peel your skin, tear your flesh, break your bones, erase your mind, trash the pain, discard the envy, be kind to what’s inside
love what’s under your bones
love what you hate in others
shed your skin, shed your life, accept your beauty
be who you were before you knew who you are”

favorite christmas present. 

This is by far my favorite painting by Justin Gaffrey. Not only because it’s so cool looking and 3D but because of the poem he hand wrote on the piece:

you are not who you think you are
you are not who you think you are
you are not who you think you are
you are not what you are afraid of
you are not who you love
you are not what they say you are
you are not what they taught you
you are not your job
you are not who you think you are
you are not who your neighbor thinks you are
you are not what they did to you
rip your hair, peel your skin, tear your flesh, break your bones, erase your mind, trash the pain, discard the envy, be kind to what’s inside
love what’s under your bones
love what you hate in others
shed your skin, shed your life, accept your beauty
be who you were before you knew who you are.

“Namaste” by Justin Gaffrey