Walt's Look Around: Patrick Grogan's canvas

Published: Nov. 15, 2013 at 4:29 PM CST
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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Today we're visiting an unusually painted house in Jackson, and the reason for the visit; all of this may change soon.

I've always heard it said that a man's home is his castle. Well, Patrick Grogan changed it a bit to say, a man's home is his canvas. Because years ago, over a period of a couple of years back when he lived in one of the apartments here, Patrick transformed the front of this four-plex on Fortification Street from your safe neutral colors into a zoo, a study in anthropology, mixed in with perhaps memories of a Vincent Price horror movie.

In the process, Patrick created a unique house front.

"You love it or you hate it, said Teresa Robison.

Teresa, her husband David and one of their sons decided about the paint job on the house when they bought it as investment property back in 2005. Teresa loved it. The two guys, not so much.

But I've also always heard that nobody's happy unless mama's happy. So even though she was outvoted two to one, the house is still decorated the way it was when the Robison's bought it.

"When we bought the house, my son and I were on the opposite side as far as keeping the art work," said David Robison. "But we said as long as we are able to rent the house and it's able to pay for itself we're good with that. "

Well, now a dilemma has arisen. The giant hailstorm a while back caused some damage to the house and consequently to Patrick's art. So something has to be done. Simple thing would be to repair over it and kiss it goodbye.

But the house has grown to be a Belhaven area landmark. People give directions by it. And to cover over it would be to lose actually some interesting and intricate art.

"If you look closely at it, you can see within a picture there's another picture," said Teresa.

Teresa says they have decided not to make a decision today. And I guess they renew on a day-to-day basis. And probably will as long as they can. Until they can either come up with a way to refresh and preserve the painted house as it should be, or until the three Robison's can agree on a safe neutral color from a set of paint chips.

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