Roswell man earns a living painting aliens
July 04, 2018 08:11 PM
ROSWELL, N.M.— Businesses want to show they’re proud of Roswell’s connection to aliens, ahead of the 2018 UFO Festival. And they’re going to one man for help.
Eddie Macias makes a living out of painting aliens on windows.
“Some days, I can work a lot more than other days because of my back. I was in a car accident last year,” Macias said.
He couldn’t work for two months but needed to find a job to provide for his four teenage kids.
Macias said a friend who owns the Sol Juice and Supplements business on Main Street asked him to paint on his window. At first, Macias was hesitant.
“I used to doodle before, but never thought I could make a living out of it,” he said.
Macias took his friend up on the opportunity. His work was quickly noticed and now he continues to get job offers.
He said he has painted about 15 windows this year and nearly 100 since he started last year.
His art is now on postcards and t-shirts.
Macias’ next goal is to use art to bring awareness to children with special needs.
His daughter was diagnosed with Lissencephaly, a terminal disease, when she was three-months-old.
“My little girl was told she’d never make it past a year. And then she wouldn’t make it past five years,” he said. “Now they’re completely in awe because she’s 14-years-old. She’s gonna be a freshman at Roswell High.”
His work goes even beyond downtown Roswell. He’s also created a comic book with the help from a friend titled, “The Special Life of Audi.” He’s using his daughter’s nickname for the main character who is an alien with special needs.
He said he doesn’t want children with special needs to feel left out because there are not enough books about them.
“I love instilling the passion that I have into other people, and I hope they’re able to see it through the paintings,” he said.
During the UFO Festival, Macias will be holding a book signing for his comic book at the Roswell mall.
Created: July 04, 2018 08:11 PM
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