About the Artist

Turner started drawing in the first grade, but the Birmingham, Alabama, artist, currently an interior design student at Samford University, “never would have imagined that [he] would become an artist.” That possibility only unfolded the summer after he graduated high school, when his alma mater—well aware of his talents—tapped him for a series of paintings. Soon, faculty members were asking him to dream up pieces for their houses. Buoyed by the reception, Turner started an Instagram account that reached—and captivated—an even wider audience. “I was still a little hesitant about my journey because of the color of my skin. It’s hard to believe that you’ll be successful in something when you don’t see a lot of people who look like you succeed in that profession,” he says.  After winning best in show at a community college art exhibition, Turner gained even more confidence and approached local gallery Design Supply, where his abstract paintings continue to garner the spotlight. Despite his hefty academic load, Turner is devoted to turning out artworks that he describes as “expressive, historic, and sophisticated.”