Retired Veteran Turned Artist

By: Danielle Wallace
By: Danielle Wallace

With each sketch, Jeremy Bayliss tells a story. He's only had a few art classes, but uses his gift to capture inspiring moments.

"I started at a young age, I did artwork-I'd enter fairs at seven,eight-years-old and I would enter as many catagories as I could and I'd win a little bit of money from that, so that was awesome as a young kid and that inspired me to keep doing it," says Bayliss.

His artwork didn't always keep him occupied. He trained at Fort Rucker to be a helicopter pilot, until a motorcycle injury forced him to retire.

"Once I retired, I was medically retired in 2008 I started picking up artwork again because it was just a way for me to relax."

But those pieces received notable attention. He was given the opportunity to meet a household name, better known as the Duck Dynasty Crew.

"Well I did this picture right here, I was contacted about a couple of weeks later by the Gibson family and they invited me out to Louisiana and during that time I got to meet Phil and Kay Robertson. I met John Godwin,Jimmy Gibson-his whole family," says Bayliss.

Bayliss says his experience in Louisiana allowed him to appreciate his talent more. He spends around eighty to one hundred hours of work on most pieces. That includes his latest piece that could unite or divide a household.

"Well I'm doing a house divided right now for Alabama and Auburn and its featuring Ralp "Shug" Jordan and Paul "Bear" Bryant and on the piece they each had awards they were awarded. "Shug" Jordan had the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart and "Bear" Bryant had the Presidential Freedom Medal," says Bayliss.

And Baylisss continues his journey to inspire others, that long to walk in his footsteps.

Bayliss says, "Just don't quit, no matter what happens-there are going to be times when you get discouraged,there will be times when you encouraged by people."

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