George Zimmerman made a painting, 100K,0,1342850.story

By Matt Pearce
December 17, 2013, 9:35 a.m.
The rumors are true: George Zimmerman is a painter now.

And his first creation, which was listed on EBay this week, has sparked a bidding war that has pushed its price up from a starting point of $0.99 to almost $100,000 as of Tuesday morning. It's a blue American flag featuring part of the Pledge of Allegiance.

"Everyone has been asking what I have been doing with myself," the EBay posting from user therealgeorgez reads. "I found a creative, way to express myself, my emotions and the symbols that represent my experiences. My art work allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to remain indoors :-)"

Thus continues the post-trial life of Zimmerman, 30, who has been unable to stay out of the news since he was acquitted of murder this summer after fatally shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., in 2012.

He's helped a family whose SUV crashed on the freeway. He's visited the factory that produced the gun he used to kill Martin. He's been detained, twice, on suspicion of threatening his wife, and then his girlfriend, with a gun. In the first instance he was never arrested, and in the second instance the felony charges against him were dropped when his girlfriend decided to reconcile.

And Zimmerman is also -- like Casey Anthony, the most famous Florida defendant before he came along -- in debt: In a legal filing for his most recent arrest, he claimed to be at least $2 million in debt, with no home and less than $150 in cash.

Which must make a $100,000 painting look awful pretty in its creator's eyes. Zimmerman's attorney, Jayne C. Weintraub of Miami, confirmed the authenticity of the EBay posting with the Los Angeles Times. "Yes, it is my client, George Zimmerman, selling his paintings," Weintraub said in an email.

Some of the bidding suggests that prospective buyers may be treating the painting like a form of a donation to Zimmerman: Several of the 98 bids thus far appear to be from users who keep submitting higher bids even when they're already on top.

Although Zimmerman was widely reviled after Martin's shooting, especially among African American communities around the country, he has had his supporters. When awaiting trial, a website set up for his defense apparently crashed because got so many visitors while managing to collect more than $130,000 in donations from the public.

Those supporters, though, have largely remained out of public view. The EBay bidding for Zimmerman's painting is also private, though Zimmerman has used it as a platform to shout out to his fans.

"Just wanted to tell you we all love you and stand behind you. You have so many people on your side I hope you know that!" one user posted.

"Thank you so much for the words of kindness and support. I do know how many great Americans are still here, I run into at least 3-5 a day that go out of their way to tell me the same," Zimmerman replied. He ended his message with the signoff, "Your Friend, GZ."

Bidding was scheduled to end Saturday.

$9,900,000 for the General Lee.

No chance he gets paid six figures for a painting.

Is that really what you're going to paint?

It's up to $110,000 right now and the bidding doesn't end until dec 3rd.

Not a bad painting Phone Post 3.0

Yeah not bad.

"he claimed to be at least $2 million in debt, with no home and less than $150 in cash"


Was hoping for more Skittles in the painting or maybe a hoodie.

Crashdt - I mean he could do porn like Octomom, or go on a reality show like John and Kate. Ive seen worse paintings, so that's something I guess.

Great Reality TV Show, George moves to the hood and starts to be a community organizer. He can go to a all black church, sing in the choir, build a community garden and start a neighborhood watch.

I bet BET would pick it up.

Dude will never live a normal after the railroading he got from the trial. Poor bastard, went from being a person with a Jewish surname to becoming a new race label,"white-Latino."

I actually think the painting is pretty cool Phone Post 3.0



 As of 12 noon on Tuesday, December 17th, George Zimmerman’s first “original” painting is fetching $99,960 on eBay. But how original is it? As Twitter user @raven_rainfall pointed out to Mediaite after we posted the image of Zimmerman’s “America”-themed artwork, the American flag image he used comes straight from stock photo company Shutterstock.

The best guess is that Zimmerman wanted to paint an American flag, so he searched for an image of one on Shutterstock or another site that features that company’s images and then just painted over it. While there’s no big art rule that says use of multimedia or even tracing is inherently “bad,” Zimmerman does not disclose the use of the foundation image, calling the piece “original” and “hand-painted.” Seeing as Shutterstock’s images are copyrighted and are not free to use, things could potentially become legally complicated if Zimmerman did, indeed, crib the image from the stock photo company.



^ beat me to it

Hahaha. Jesus man. Phone Post 3.0

Jack Carter - Hahaha. Jesus man. Phone Post 3.0

First Shia and now George

Sean hannity bought it.. Guarantee you Phone Post 3.0

George just keeps giving to society. First ridding us of a criminal and now with art. This guy is multi-talented.

Hired Gun - George just keeps giving to society. First ridding us of a criminal and now with art. This guy is multi-talented.

Agreed. A Renaissance Man if you will.