Local Artist Painting For Charity

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

You've heard of the mid-life crisis, but one Tallahassee man says it was his quarter life crisis that made him change his profession.

Tonight, we introduce you to a local man that thought he had painted the perfect picture of what life would be like but he had no idea what the final masterpiece would be.

Call him the Mad Scientist, or the Big Bend's Picasso. Thadd Swerdzewski doesn't mind what you call him, as long as you respect his work. His style is unique and his passion for painting started a long time ago. But art became a job just recently.

"I started as a government contractor, you lose your job, got married and I wanted to do something more steady. And all roads took me here and I'm happy to be doing it."

But Thadd isn't just your everyday artist. Sure he wants to sell his work, but most of his work is done to help charities.

"I've helped plenty of charities including Boys Town Tree House. Right now, Goodwill and myself have a show at the Winery."

But it's not just those two. Currently, Thadd is working on a mural for the Chi Omega House at Florida State, and part of that will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"It's been wonderful giving back to the community using the talents and the traits you weren't able to use before for that specific purpose."

Thadd graduated from Leon high school in 1993 and spent more time drawing cartoons than he did doing homework. But it's paid off.

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