CHILDRESS – Ending up in Childress on an odd chance, Raphael McKeen, self-proclaimed handyman, carpenter and artist, has made it his home since 2015.
And, during those six years, McKeen has made his mark on the city – quite literally – creating signs for local businesses, painting the downtown sports mural and helping revitalize historical buildings.
However, McKeen’s latest project has attracted more attention than usual.
“I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback,” McKeen said. “I’ve had people follow me for miles just to take a photo. One lady even gave me a rose.”
That project being McKeen’s Ford Freestyle, a green SUV that he has turned into a driving piece of artwork, displaying new and creative scenes atop his vehicle every holiday, including Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and more, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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