‘If These Walls Could Talk’: Artist named ‘Ghost’ making his presence known in San Antonio

Army veteran made painting his mission after military service

SAN ANTONIO – His name may imply otherwise, but the work of a local artist who goes by the name of “Ghost” is becoming more and more visible around the city of San Antonio.

It’s on the outside walls of bars, as well as on buildings downtown.

Not too long ago, though, the artist, himself, was facing a battle.

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“You know, a lot of us guys, we come back and we lost our sense of purpose,” the U. S. Army veteran said.

Ghost had completed tours in Afghanistan and Iraq when he left the military in 2014.

The San Antonian came back home, struggling to figure out what his next mission would be.

“I was having a lot of problems, having a lot of issues reintegrating to regular society,” he said. “As, sort of, an outlet, I started painting.”

Art always had been part of his life. Ghost says he constantly practiced drawing and painting throughout his childhood, and even put his skills to use while in the military.

Still when relatives convinced him to sell some of his work at an art show, he was surprised by the positive reaction he got from the public.

That gave him a boost of confidence and ultimately steered him toward painting for a living.

As he began to make a name for himself, he realized he needed a name that was memorable.

A friend began calling him “Ghost” after he pulled a spooky prank on him one night at a bar.

“I kind of crept up behind him and I scared him,” he said, laughing. “It, kind of, rang a bell, you know? It dinged right there at that moment ‘cause we were looking for brand names.”

His name is on every mural he paints, along with another regular feature.

Ghost includes a nod to his military service in most of his work.

“I try to put an homage to it as much as I can,” he said. “I’m lucky enough to have found something for myself, to find a new mission, to find a new purpose for myself. This is my new purpose.”

About the Authors

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Tim has been a photojournalist and video editor at KSAT since 1998. He came to San Antonio from Lubbock, where he worked in TV and earned his bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Communication from Texas Tech University. Tim has won a handful of awards and has earned a master's in Strategic Communication and Innovation from Tech as well.

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