Kyle Newton didn’t always want to paint. He didn’t grow up hoping to pursue a passion for art. While he always knew he had a knack for drawing, he didn’t actually begin painting until just a few years ago. This South Bossier native says his love for painting came about by accident.

“I was dating a girl at the time and I needed a Valentine’s Day gift for her,” said Kyle. “I wanted to do something special and unique, so instead of heading to a gift shop to purchase something and be done with it, I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a canvas and some paint. It definitely wasn’t an impressive outcome but she loved it and I actually enjoyed doing it so I kept going.”

When it comes to inspiration, he said it mostly comes from just turning up some music and letting whatever happens happen. He doesn’t ever know what the end result is going to look like when he begins a new piece, but he enjoys the journey and the process of getting to that point.

Being a fireman plays a part in several of his pieces as he loves taking old firehose and creating art with it.

“I’ve seen other people build stuff out of firehose, so I decided to put my own spin on it and paint over it,” said Kyle. “I’ll even take fire to it and burn it to make it more unique. I try to find different things to paint; I’ve painted on an old barn door once and it’s displayed at my fire station. You can put paint on anything.”

Kyle’s favorite piece is really simple. It involves only three colors, but it’s not so much the painting itself that makes it his favorite. He calls this specific piece his “eureka moment” because it’s when he realized the direction he wanted his art to go in. He’s completely self-taught and has only ever taken one art class in high school.

Keep up with this super laidback artist by following him on Facebook (The Kyle Newton Project) and on Instagram (@kyleemerson09).