When Dr. Scott Byrd isn't busy working on teeth or making decisions as a city director, he's riding or adoring motorcycles. And if he wins a valuable Harley Davidson print, he's not keeping it for himself.
He's raffling it off for a better cause.
Byrd, who practices dentistry in his Caddo Street office, recently obtained an official Harley Davidson painting — in fact, it is one of only six artist proofs — in a recent naming contest organized by artist David Uhl (pronounced "Yule").
Byrd dubbed the painting "A Road Less Traveled" and was selected in the top 10 finalists in the contest, potentially allowing the Arkadelphia dentist to hang his prize anywhere he chose — perhaps in his office lobby, which is adorned with other Harley Davidson memorabilia.
But on the evening of Dec. 6, before a finalist was chosen to win the painting, 6-month-old Paisley Galbraith's two older sisters, Adiele and Marley Crutchfield, ages 6 and 4, were slain in their South 11th Street home with Paisley's father, Bobby Jean "Chino" Galbraith.
Byrd took action, calling Uhl about the naming contest. "I told him, 'If my name is selected, I'm going to donate the painting either for auction or raffle or whatever to help the family in some way,'" Byrd said in an interview in his office lobby.
"It just seemed like the right thing to do," he said of raffling the painting rather than keeping it for himself.
In just a few moments of being in Byrd's presence, it is clear that he's a motorcycle fanatic.
At one point in the interview, an office assistant handed Byrd a black-and-orange coffee mug; etched on the mug was the famous Harley Davidson logo.
The painting he's raffling — a vibrant canvas giclée of an oil painting set on a country-dirt-road backdrop; the setting sun offering a brilliant amber hue; in the foreground a female atop a black-and-red Harley fastens her headgear in preparation of an apparent sunset ride, while two younger girls in the background look back, almost envious of the motorcycle-riding female in the foreground — would be well-suited for the office decor.
A vintage Harley Davidson gas pump sits in the corner of the office, and the back-glass decal of Byrd's pickup truck? You guessed it: the Harley Davidson logo.
"I'm really involved in motorcycles — specifically antique motorcycles," Byrd said. "The motorcycle community is a very giving community, especially when it comes to kids."
The money raised from raffle sales will go into an education account for Paisley, to be available to her when she turns 18.
An unframed print like the one Byrd won would sell for $2,000, but Byrd's print is framed, increasing the value a notch or two. "I got it for free," Byrd noted. "I'm just trying to raise money for Paisley."
Page 2 of 2 - Tickets are $10 each and are available at the downtown Arkadelphia branches of Southern Bancorp, Summit Bank and US Bank, as well as at Slim and Shorty's. Additionally, tickets are sold at all three Landers Harley Davidson locations in the state and at Rodney's Cycle House in Little Rock.
Byrd said he is tentatively planning to have the drawing on Feb. 17 at the ABATE Bike Show and Swap Meet in Little Rock.