Local muralist, Scott McIntyre, of Canton, continues to paint murals in new surroundings.
“The mural is taking me to really interesting places,” McIntyre said.
At the moment, he is working on a mural in Zarqa, Jordan, which he began March 20. At the end of this eight-week process, there is going to be an unveiling ceremony of the mural. “It will be like a big community event,” McIntyre said.
Scott McIntyre, in Amman, is pictured taking a break from the mural with friend, Nidal and his two sons, Ahamamd and Jamil, as well as Greg Phillips, an artist who came from Atlanta to help finish the mural on time.
McIntyre received the job in the country of Jordan after a high school friend, Scott Sadler, viewed McIntyre’s Web site. Sadler then became interested in McIntyre’s work and e-mailed USAID, who contacted the Jordan River Foundation. Jordan River Foundation then contacted McIntyre to paint a mural in Jordan.
McIntyre was unsure whether or not he should take the job at first.
“A lot of unrest is going on in the Middle East right now, so just the thought of doing a job in the Middle East is something I had to really consider to do,” he said.
“But now that I’m here, it’s really been a great experience,” McIntyre said. “It’s been a wonderful job, and I have made many, many friends.”
Although Jordan is part of the Middle East, McIntyre said that it seems to be a very safe country.
“Jordan River Foundation has been a real honor to work with,” McIntyre said.
According to the Jordan River Foundation Web site, it is a non-profit organization and its vision is to “empower society, especially women and children, and in turn, improve the quality of life to secure a better future for all Jordanians.”
The foundation suggested that part of their youth program work with McIntyre on the mural. There are about 20 students ranging from 18 to 26 years old.
“They are learning more about painting on the large scale,” McIntyre said. “They are really smart and bright, and very interested young artists.”
After completing the mural, they will receive a certificate of participation.
The teens and young adults have not been the only ones to help create the mural. During the first two weeks, Sadler helped. Greg Phillips, an Atlanta-based artist, and Scott McIntyre’s wife, Kirsten, will also help finish the job.
The major differences about this job are the tools and the language, McIntyre said. In order to teach the youth how to paint a mural, Jordan River Foundation supplied a translator.
“Everything changes but the artwork,” McIntyre said. “The actual art does not change, and the beauty of the mural does not need a translator.”
When the muralist is not working, he is usually sightseeing and traveling around the country. McIntyre and his wife will travel to Petra together which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
“It’s a nice bonus to the job,” McIntyre said. “There is a lot of history.”
There are no confirmations about McIntyre returning to Jordan after this job; however, he said he would like to return and possibly paint another mural.
“Maybe a year from now, I’ll get another job here,” he said. “There are all kinds of work possibilities in Jordan.”
McIntyre created a blog where viewers can be updated with reports on the teams’ progress as well as pictures of their working progress. To view the blog, visit www.scottmcintyremurals.blog-spot.com.
Alexis LeMaire is a senior at Cherokee High School, who recently completed a work-study internship at the Cherokee Ledger-News.