David Knickerbocker is an “artist-in-residence” at Porky’s Bayside Restaurant in Marathon. He recently spent three weeks airbrushing manatees on a shipping container near the restaurant on the west side of Marathon.
“It’s a long process. I start by drawing it small. Then, at night, I set up a projector and trace the image. Plus, there’s time planning out how much paint I need and things like that,” Knickerbocker said.
That’s just his most recent and visible work. All over the restaurant, there are murals and stand-alone paintings. Even the tables have his touch.
Knickerbocker is an on-again-off-again Keys resident who was also a goldsmith and jeweler at one time. He has a small gallery on display at the restaurant with prints selling for as little as $4 each. He also accepts commissions. For more information, look up his Facebook page by searching “David Knickerbocker in Marathon.”