Celebrating Brent McAhren’s Creations: A Master At Murals, Drawings And Set Design

Brent McAhren is not your stereotypical artist, honing one medium or subject matter. This Jensen Beach local artist is a muralist, a sculptor, and a teacher with a bachelor of arts in visual communication design from Purdue University.  You’ve seen his work when visiting the Elliott Museum, the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast, and the City of Palm City to name a few!  The energetic set designer for StarStruck Academy in Stuart sees everyday objects as potential  design materials as well!  Brent accepts mural and graphic design assignments on commission. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.

“Will You Marry Me?” 3D People’s Choice Award Winner by Brent McAhren




Brent McAhren’s irregular path to becoming a mural artist is truly a life lesson for us all: Learn to pivot when “Plan A” is not working!  While studying industrial management at Purdue University in Indiana, he struggled with chemistry. His career counselor suggested he consider a design track instead. Business, homes, museums, and storefronts are lucky he did! After graduation, Brent created silkscreens for circuit boards (a layer of ink used to identify components, logos, test points and parts of the PCB). 

Recent pet portraits by Brent McAhren



Brent’s work at the newspaper, Stuart News led to a job teaching Art and Photoshop at the Inlet Grove Community High School in Riviera Beach from 2004 to 2012.  





Drawings and 3D creations by Brent McAhren



In 2013, McAhren switched gears and started creating set designs for Stuart’s StarStruck Theatre, which he continues today.  He told Stuart Magazine, ” I was introduced to the world of mural painting when Debbie Duval at the Elliott Museum posted on Facebook asking if anyone wanted a little black and white kitten because the kitten didn’t get along with her cat.” When the development director at StarStruck adopted the kitten, Duval happened to ask her if she knew anyone who could paint a mural for the Elliott”. McAhren was hired!





Mural at the Elliott Museum by Brent McAhren



Brent explains that The Elliott Museum wanted its mural to feel like a natural part of the environment as visitors explore the cars, plane, and motorcycles. Some of the museum staff suggested additions like a bluebird and a pelican. And the kitten made the mural too! This project required seven 10-hour days and is a seamless part of the exhibition.






Set Designs at StarStruck Theater by Brent McAhren



“Using materials that are considered trash to most, creating recycled amazing works of art. Foam couch cushions, cardboard and other mixed media are used to create 3-D art costumes and even large-scale set designs for Star Struck, children’s theater in Stuart”, Brent tells us. Winning multiple local art competitions and costume contests because of his unique application to a more realistic visual presentation, most of his artistic success comes from not limiting materials, thinking outside the box and unusual visual perspective. An eye for creative details adds to the excitement of each project he encounters.



Some recent murals by Brent McAhren



Since then, McAhren has painted local murals for companies including Shears of Joy and Shark Shack Sweets in Palm City and the Children’s Museum of the Treasure Coast in Jensen Beach. He has also been commissioned for work by the City of Palm City as well as private residences. Later this year, look for two upcoming murals—a project on Johnson Avenue in Stuart (across from the Wawa) and another in downtown Jensen Beach—which he is finalizing illustrations for now.




For more information, please contact Brent McAhren at  772-341-9651 or email mcahren62@gmail.com




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