Damon Lee Patterson is a multidisciplinary artist, photographer, actor, musician, writer, singer, and film director. He has captured moments for numerous singers, rappers, poets, models, and live events, and his work has graced album covers, book covers, magazines, newspapers, portfolios, and websites. His writing has found a home in the Kansas City Star, and he also holds a Missouri Real Estate License. Notably, he is the creator of the group, Actors & Filmmakers in Kansas City, a vibrant, online community boasting over 15,000 active members.

Damon’s artistic journey began as a teenager, acting with the Experimental Group Young Peoples Theatre, a company dedicated to “theatre with a message” that aimed to uplift the community through the arts. His quest for knowledge led him to delve into acting, directing, set design, lighting, and fashion design at Paseo Performing Arts Academy. Recognition came as he birthed KC Art Factory, affectionately known as The 1809. The endeavor prompted acknowledgement from KCUR. This dynamic arts collective became a hub for open mics, showcases, competitions, murals, fashion shows, dance battles, recitals, classes, and workshops. An ardent advocate for arts education, Damon’s altruism beamed through as he shared his experience in acting, music, and creative writing to children through Chameleon Youth & Arts Development. He also played an instrumental role in creating the circus arts and performing troupe, VibeTribeKC, and the beloved Second Saturday arts crawl known as Troost Art Hop.

Damon’s creative portfolio extends to the realms of photographs, music videos, documentaries, commercials, and short films, where his directorial and editing prowess shines. His literary endeavors culminated in the self-publication of two books: “The Art of Life” and a plant-based recipe collection. As a musician, he birthed two self-produced albums, “Thirsty Water” and “The Painting.” A beacon of his cinematic achievements is the documentary “Art Saved My Life,” which he both directed and edited. The film features enlightening interviews with esteemed artists, each providing their unique perspective on the transformative power of art in their lives. Among those featured are luminaries such as Bobby Watson, Shane Evans, Tech N9ne, Sheila E, Lonnie McFadden, Brian Kennedy, and more. “Art Saved My Life” achieved the prestigious honor of being screened at Nelson Atkins Museum, Rockhurst, UMKC, Crown Center, Baker University, and making the New York International Film Festival’s Top 5 list.

In his latest artistic creation, Damon has embarked on an ingenious endeavor known as “Rooted & Reaching,” an Eco Art Garden nestled in the heart of Kansas City. This project champions environmental restoration, food security, and creative expression, ultimately emphasizing the profound connection between art and nature.