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Student Spotlight: Art Aficionado

Caleb King is no ordinary Senior; He is a talented artist interested in interior design.

King began practicing art at the age of five with the desire to make new things that people would not expect from a kid. King's parents have motivated him since day one. They allowed him to experiment with his creative urge to make art. Caleb’s main inspiration is the world around him.


“Usually, people are too busy wrapped up in their own lives and don’t stop to witness the beauty of Tennessee and this country,” King expressed.


King has created numerous artistic pieces, but he has yet to finish his favorite piece of all time. His favorite piece is currently a work in progress, which will pay tribute to important figures that helped free African slaves.

The most time King has spent on an art piece was from March to July; He made the piece for his neighbor’s daughter on her wedding day. The mother of the bride was touched by King’s art piece and cried.

“That was when I realized that what I do makes a true impact on others.” - Caleb King

King’s greatest struggle as an artist has been patience, yet he takes his time to focus on all details, big and small. They are all just as important in order to create the ideal piece.

“There are times when I desire so much to finish the piece, but I can’t because of frustration. It’s a mental block when a detail doesn’t sit right with me. I’m still learning about being patient. A great thing to feel when it comes to art is when I feel completely finished with it. For me, the overall best thing is when I see my clients' faces light up when they see the finished product. It’s hard to explain, but seeing them smile gives me a sense of pride, accomplishment, and peace.” King commented.

One thing that most people don’t know about King is that he hopes to pursue a career in interior design. At the age of 13, he began watching the HGTV channel. His biggest dream is to bring certain places back to life.

“If I were to go into interior design, my all time dream would be to rebuild Morristown College with its original exterior footprint, but with more modern up-to-date details. I want to make sure that it never gets destroyed by arson again. Besides, Morristown College has too much Tennessee and African American history to be turned into a park.” King observed.

Caleb King’s sketch of Morristown College

King does take art requests. His prices vary depending on how big the piece will be, and how much time it will take to make. Pictured below are a few of his magnificent art pieces.

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