About the Artist
Jared Emerson’s focus is to capture the essence of what he creates with charcoals, oils, acrylics, graphite and other mixed mediums.
Born in Michigan and residing in Greenville, Jared’s passion was the result of being raised in a loving Christian home as he incorporates his values into every aspect of his life and work. His values have led him to perform and create art for a large number of churches and charities including Make a Wish Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, BMW Charity Pro-Am, Heartstep Foundation, Rape Crisis Center, Defenders for Children, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Premier Foundation.
Jared’s renowned art has sold for as much as $20,000 and has included subjects such as Jerry Rice, George Rogers, Larry Holmes, George Hincapie, Don Felder, NewSong, Tim Tebow, Bill Haas, Bubba Watson, Edwin McCain and countless others.
“My faith has given me the strength to set a level of intensity that pours onto the canvas for you to enjoy. Every stroke, every detail, I leave a piece of me on the canvas. If I didn’t believe in what I was doing, you would be able to see it in my work.”
– Jared Emerson
With Special Guest Artist
Troy Murray started drinking and smoking weed in eighth grade. By tenth grade, he was a daily user of every drug imaginable. Although he started out loving the lifestyle and carefree attitude he had while high, his life quickly took a turn for the worse. Between the ages of 15 – 21, he repeated the painful cycle of using, crashing and burning, and entering rehab six times before he reached rock bottom on April 23, 2012. On that night, Troy woke up bloodied and bruised on the cold floor of a jail cell. Although it was not his first time in this situation, it would prove to be the last. He did something he thought he would never do again – he prayed. In that moment, he knew this time would be different.
During the first several months of sobriety, Troy turned to art as a way to avoid thinking of going out and using again. He was able to escape the pressures of life for hours at a time while focusing on his canvas. Troy’s journey has not been an easy one, but he’s thankful every day that God spared him and allowed him to rediscover himself as a new person and as an artist. Troy is coming up on four years sober in April.
Troy currently lives in Detroit, Michigan where he is living out his dream as a full-time artist. He is building and growing his brand and recently held his second solo exhibition titled “Controlled Chaos,” at his studio in Birmingham, MI. Troy enjoys helping others through their own personal struggles and is very active in his church community. Learn more about Troy’s work by visiting his website or following him on Instagram at typcollection.