Starving artists at the EISF

Hawaii and pineapples, anyone? Spray paint artist Mason McFadden from Rexburg just completed his latest work at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.Spray paint artist Cole Preston from Island Park displays his latest landscape at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.The finished product. Spray paint artist Andrew Lathum shows off his completed work at the Eastern Idaho State Fair.
Staff Writer

Spray paint artwork features whatever or wherever an artist's imagination will take him. Produced on Tuesday at the Eastern Idaho State Fair were mountain landscapes, Hawaiian pineapples and imaginative scenes of space as an audience watched. The exhibit is across from the 4H building and can be seen at 1; 3:30; 6: 8: and 9:30 p.m. each day of the fair.
Spray paint artists have come from as far away as Central Illinois to Portland, Island Park and Rexburg, to showcase and sell their art while raising money for the "Matt Sorensen Starving Artist Fund."
Sorensen, who was from Blackfoot, died on Feb. 17, 2016.
This is the second year these spray paint artists have been demonstrating their skill and their art at the EISF.
Andrew Lathum from Central Illinois, formerly from Bellevue, Washington, is the organizer of this exhibit.
"I thought we should do a tribute to Matt (Sorensen) and invited anyone who was inspired by Matt to show off their talent here," he said.
Lathum continued, "I was a sci-fi geek. In 2010, I started spray can art."
He also is a trucker, an harmonica player and a member of the AXL Blues of the Blues Truckers.
Spray paint artist Chaz Lake said, "It's a long straight road from Portland, Oregon, to here."
He discovered spray can painting about eight years ago when he saw a video on-line.
So how were you inspired to try spray can paint art?
Cole Preston said, "I saw a video on spray can art a couple years ago. I tried and liked it. I dropped it for a couple years and picked it up again four or five days ago."
An intern from Tillamook, Oregon, also is working with him.
How do you get ideas for your art?
"People around here like the Tetons so I do landscape art," he said. "My parents are supportive and give me lots of suggestions."
Mason McFadden is a senior at Rexburg High School this year.
Read the full story in Wednesday's Morning News.