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By Ryan Michaels
The Birmingham Times

Color is an important choice for Thornton, whose work includes paintings and drawings for black empowerment and pop culture, often utilizing his unique style of portraiture.

“I love colors. Bright colors brighten the mood of many people. I feel like dark colors make a person depressed, and I’m not a depressed person anymore… Every time I go out into the world and see a very bright color, an idea comes to my mind , and I will apply it to either paint or paper,” Thornton said.

While some of Thornton’s works feature characters like Batman, Superman, Spongebob, Squidward, Rick, and Morty, his portraits of humans reveal his signature. For these paintings, Thornton often provided the outline of a person’s head, upper body, and features in black and filled the skin, eyes, and lips with a myriad of vivid hues.

Thornton, 32, grew up in the Birmingham area and graduated from Fairfield High School. His interest in the visual arts first started coloring with his father, he said.

“My dad used to color with me all the time, coloring books, comics, drawing with me, things like that, and once my dad kind of showed me how to color and kinda taught me how to draw, I took it from there and just took it a little further,” Thornton said.

Thornton’s skill today is a result of the work he has done since childhood, he said. Today, he wants his art to “illuminate the world”.

“Instead of people having a bad day or a bad day, I can stay here, and I can put my work on social media, or I can present it to them in person, and instead of them having a bad day about anything. that’s what they’re dealing with,” Thornton said, “it could change their whole mood to a better one.

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