Native son sees his artwork hung in SoHo

Published: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 04:31 PM.

Copeland calls his work a mixture of folk and pop art.

"I used to do more pop art. Now it has more of a transcendental vibe," he said.

 Copeland works in acrylics on salvaged wood, with some pieces even coming from the house he grew up in.

The creative aspect of his work is inspired by his dreams, he said.

"I have gone through a lot of changes over the past couple of years in location and experiences, so, I have themed my new body of work — New Beginnings and Growth," he said. "I look at it like antlers, like things we shed that we have to."

 Copeland is referencing his move from the close-knit community of Freeport in 2010 to Chicago. He made the move after visiting a friend up there. He began working the music scene there, took some classes and did some gigs. He plays piano and performs in the genre of "electro acoustic pop/folk music," he said.  

"If I had to choose between music and painting, I don't think I could," he said. "I wouldn't know how to choose. I can't imagine not doing any of one of them. For me, they work together. The artistic forms compliment each other; my paintings are the visual of my music."

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