CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mark Workman typically draws portraits of celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Al Pacino and Paul Newman.
Elvis Presley is his favorite to draw. He has the most interesting eyes, Workman said.
Workman, of Charleston, gives his drawings away to his family and friends as gifts. During one Christmas, he handed out 15 pieces of his own artwork to those closest to him.
On Nov. 1, Workman gave away another painting, but this time he presented the mural to an entire community.
Workman won an art contest hosted by Carroll Terrace, a high-rise apartment complex for the elderly on Charleston's East End.
When Carroll Terrace renovated one of its reading rooms, Susie Halstead knew something had to be done about the blank wall behind the new black couches in the room.
Halstead is the senior service coordinator for the Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority, which oversees Carroll Terrace.
"It's a real pretty room you can take a family to if someone is visiting or you just want to sit down and read in a quiet place," Halstead said. "It was my idea for a wall mural but we didn't have a budget."
So they set out to find a volunteer to paint the mural.
Halstead and Shanda Brandon, property manager at Carroll Terrace, wanted a gazebo in the mural like the one that sits outside the apartments next to the community garden. A fountain was a must, too, Halstead said.
"Shanda and I talked about what we wanted: a gazebo, fountains, and people sitting outside because Carroll Terrace has beautiful grounds," Halstead said. "We wanted it to be peaceful. We wanted people to go in the room, sit down, and enjoy the painting."
After seeing Workman's black-and-white sketch with their requests, Halstead said he was chosen as the artist.
The Charleston-Kanawha Housing Authority provided Workman with a 4-foot-by-8-foot piece of plywood as his canvas, as well as pencils, primer and painting supplies.