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Artist has vision for downtown Denison

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Jerod "DTOX" Davies paints a mural in downtown Denison. (KTEN) Jerod "DTOX" Davies paints a mural in downtown Denison. (KTEN)
Jerod "DTOX" Davies paints a butterfly-themed mural in downtown Denison on June 2, 2019. (KTEN) Jerod "DTOX" Davies paints a butterfly-themed mural in downtown Denison on June 2, 2019. (KTEN)
Jerod "DTOX" Davies said he wants to help "make Texas the mural capital of the world." (KTEN) Jerod "DTOX" Davies said he wants to help "make Texas the mural capital of the world." (KTEN)

DENISON, Texas -- A blank wall in downtown Denison is being replaced by the image of colorful butterflies.

Artist Jerod "DTOX" Davies said he was inspired to bring life to the district with his new mural at 110 South Rusk Avenue, across the street from the new City Hall.

"I kind of remind people of just the human experience," he said. "Part of my artwork focuses on creating community activation, so if there's a regular or dilapidated wall or just a forgotten wall, I like giving it new life."

As an artist, Davies said he strives to make the world more colorful, one painting at a time.

"There's that general thing where everyone can agree that the new life, the transformation and the color... it just creates a great feeling," he said.

His technique rejects traditional brushes to create his lifelike murals.

"One thing I love about spray paint is everything happens kind of fast, or I can work faster than I do with a paint brush," Davies said.

Nature is his inspiration, made clear by the wings of the butterflies he paints. But the interpretation left up to those who visit.

"You'll kind of see there's a sequence of colors, and it's kind of releasing out into the world... so, it's basically however you take it is part of the meaning for you," Davies said. "That's one of my goals, is to kind of make Texas the mural capital of the world --  one wall at a time."

And it won't be long before there's another significant mural in Denison, Another artist is working on a tribute to airline captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the celebrated Denison native who successfully landed a passenger jet in the Hudson River in New York in 2009. There were no casualties.

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