New Mural. New Morals. This post is about the same thing. I was commissioned to do a mural at the Gateway Grille in Kamas in the same style we found on Google images about fluid and loose animal images of wildlife. One image was a painting by renowned south west artist Virgil C Stephens, which ended up being the same painting (although 10x the size), now at 66 years old, started sign painting 40+ years ago and started his original painting career 10 years after that. It’s been ups and downs from there, but I was the first artist who reached out to compensate him for using his art as a reference or blatantly stealing it. I painted the ram from a reference photo in the same style to keep the same vibe. After a phone conversation, we agreed on 10% fee of the full mural price for using his image for compensation. Since then we have talked several times and I hope to host him at a Utah Gallery for his first gallery show in Utah and first show in 19 years. We all use reference materials for art, but if it’s someone’s art, be honest and compensate them. You never know if you may become fast friends through our art. Give him a follow or better yet, check out his website for a full portfolio. Please don’t be H&M, Forever 21, Urban Outfitters, Disney, or any other company stealing art. Reaching out may award you the same trust as JASON NAYLOR just did in handling the logistics for his most recent mural. Let’s support and care for each other when possible.