Running into Axel Moeller is like encountering a force of nature – an 86-year-old artist who paints, sings, plays most any instrument and can tune your piano.
Axel tells stories, too. Some make you laugh, others make you shake your head – but if you wait a moment, another one will start.
The column on Axel today detailed his mural-painting campaign on Sixth Avenue, where his work has covered graffiti for nearly a decade. With the permission of home owners and small businesses, his work dots the avenue with color and Northwest scenes.
“I’ve painted miles of murals,” Axel said. “I’ve been painting since 1949. I painted huge glasses of beer in Wisconsin. I’ve painted cars and painted murals in living rooms and bars.”
His travels have taken him and his art through Iowa, Wisconsin, Montana, Utah, California, Idaho and Washington. His charm has earned him friends in each stop.
“Painting is my hobby, and the IRS says I’m allowed to sell my hobby,” Axel said. “I’ve got to work – I’m no longer handsome.”
If you see him walking or working along Sixth Avenue, feel free to stop for a chat. Axel hasn’t met many folks in his life he didn’t like, and no one he wouldn’t talk with.