Steve DeFoe has always been surrounded by art. Growing up in a family of artists, his creativity sparked at a young age. As he grew older, he began creating murals for nightclubs and bars.
Word of mouth spread quickly, and projects soon began popping up.
Most recently, DeFoe was hired to create a mural that captures the aura of the Lakefront, a destination district of retail, restaurants, and recreation in Little Elm.
The Town of Little Elm gave him a plan, and he took it and ran with it. Having been a Little Elm resident for seven years, he was inspired by the fun, community feel. The mural includes representations of that, with plenty of physical activities such as fishing, wakeboarding, running, and playing volleyball. The band represents high energy and sense of youth. Rainbow colors represent mental health, freedom, and equal rights.
A final piece worth noticing is the boat in the far-right bottom corner that displays “633”, the badge number worn by Little Elm Police Department Detective Jerry R. Walker. Walker was a community hero killed in the line of duty in 2017. DeFoe also explained how in art, a ship is known to symbolize strength and ability to overcome, while water symbolizes life. This tribute is a distinctive touch that resonates with many in the community.
DeFoe says the reason he loves to create art is that it makes people happy. Although he believes street art is not as embraced in the United States as it is in other countries, he is looking forward to cities utilizing street art as a way of beautifying their neighborhoods. He appreciates the wave of progressiveness that is being made in the area of street art.
Be sure to check out the #LakefrontMural located on the intersection of Eldorado Parkway and Hardwicke Lane and snap your photos for a chance to be featured on the Lakefront social media channels!