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Albany native's art feature at Wal-Mart

March 16, 2007

Albany --  Twenty-four-year-old Aaron Reed creates his art work near center court of the Albany Mall this week. A coming home that he is enjoying.

 "Who would know from 2001 to now, be a professional artist, traveling all over the U.S., doing art shows and creating pieces for people's homes throughout the U.S.," Reed said.

Aaron Reed was known for his basketball at Westover High School, winning two state championships. But his senior year Reed took an art class, and it changed his life.

"I was pretty good as an artist. Miss Fisher really inspired me, on what was art. She taught me the basics, and I ran with it."

Reed went to Valdosta State, then turned pro. Traveling to art shows around the country selling his paintings, and growing his craft. "I'm just trying to expand as an artist. Reach out my inter, whatever that comes to my mind."

Reed's paintings even caught the eye of the world's largest retailer. Wal-Mart recently started selling art, and picked Reed's work as some they will feature. "It's in Wal-Mart right now, a couple of pieces in 600 stores, trying to move forward."

Reed works on new paintings while he celebrates his return to his hometown this weekend, a budding young superstar in his true calling, creating works of art.

 "You can be successful if you put your heart and your mind to it. And hard work and dedication, anything is possible."