For the month of October, Chris Hughes will be the featured artist at the Vineyard Haven Mocha Motts. And just who is Chris Hughes you should ask, because if the answer is anywhere near as rewarding as his art, then his art is priceless.
Mr. Hughes is that rare hybrid of artist, perhaps never seen before, ever. Currently, he is a pest control technician or “the bug guy” for Griggs and Browne. But the seeds of his journey start much earlier, on the gridiron where he was once a football star, earning an athletic scholarship to the University of Rhode Island.
At school he spent more time on creativity than catching passes, and earned a BFA in studio art. After college he went to work in the graphic arts department at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility. In 2007, though, he developed young onset Parkinson’s disease and in his words “had to hang up my keys.”
Parkinson’s affected Mr. Hughes’ art, but it didn’t stop him.
“I just changed the way and speed that I work,” he said. “I have to work much smaller now and have had to give the oils a rest.”
To see what Mr. Hughes has been up to, head over the Mocha Motts and get a jolt of much more than just coffee.