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TRUMBULL COUNTY - He's gone from "pink houses" to painting works of art.

Now John Mellencamp's work is on display at the Butler Institute of American Art Trumbull Branch.

He says he learned how to paint from his mother.

After graduating from junior college, Mellencamp went to New York to pursue a career in art while also playing in rock bands.

He ended up with a record deal and put painting on hold until 1987.

"For song and painting, I walk up with a vague notion of what I hope to accomplish but I don't like to because I like for the paintings to surprise me. And I like for the songs to surprise me. That's what makes it thrilling," says Mellencamp.

Mellencamp's work features either people he knows or where he stands on social and political issues.

 

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