I came here in Columbia in 2000. They just started calling me Chicken Man. The college students, when I would go down Five Point. That’s pretty much how I got the name. And it’s because I started painting chickens. A lot of times it ain’t what you’re called, it’s what you answer to. They said, well what you rather be called? I said, I’d rather be called Ernest Lee, but. I’ve been called Chicken Man so long, it’s OK. Chicken Man is an artist from the lower part of the state of South Carolina. Started painting when he was about 5 years old. I can’t tell you how many paintings he sold, but you can go in storefronts, restaurants, bars, clothing stores. Doctors offices, vets, and you can see his art everywhere. A lot of friends in Columbia say um, he a folk artist. But I would say I’m more a pop artist. I could jump in and out, like you see it with Michael Jackson. I can do the Whitney Houston. I can do the James Brown. And I do animals also. People’s animals, pets and dogs. So I’m more of a pop artist. I can pop in and out. We went to Trustus Theater a couple of nights ago. Ernest was there to talk a little bit about his life. And he started literally with with nothing. He had almost no money when he first started buying paint. Currently, he’s done well for himself. And he is a much appreciated part of this community. Everybody will take tell you that. Always been into art. My step father used to travel, he was a contractor in Florida around the park in Orlando. And we done pick the tobacco, cut cabbage, pick cucumbers. We would go up and down the road in Florida, around Delware Dover, Hurlock, Maryland. And I would try to sketch stuff that I see at the side of the road. So at the age of five, I told my mom. You know I’ve been picking peaches and oranges and grapefruit. I didn’t want to do that all my life. So it is a lot easier for me now, doing what I love. I’m doing what I love, and it’s a lot easier when you love something you do it. You put your whole heart into it. He says he paints from his heart. That’s probably an understatement. Ernest has huge soul. That’s where he gets his ideas. And he stands on the side of the road for hours on end. He deserves more. I hope he becomes famous nationwide. Not just a local artist. I try to be there at 10 every morning. 10:15. 10:05 It’s just what I do every day. Get there, wait on the customers. Sometimes, a routine I might make $40 that day I might do twenty. But whatever I do I thank God for it. Some day I might not do anything, but I still. I’m encouraged, just being out there doing what I love, so. I still come out regardless. Sale or no sale, I still show up.