This summer was the most exciting and challenging couple of months of my career yet. I created my largest mural to date and had my first sculpture install with the city of Lakewood outside of Denver, CO.
Up first, in June I teamed up with Urban Artworks in Seattle to create a team-building mural at the new Lyft driver location off Industrial and Airport road in Seattle. I loved creating a piece where I filled out the lines and the team assisted in filling in the color for the rest of the afternoon.
I loved working with Urban Artworks, I have followed their work the past couple of years and was excited to collaborate.
I made a time-lapse video of the mural we created. The piece is two walls, at the entrance of their building. Each wall was 25 feet long and 11 feet high. We used long and step ladders. I named the piece “Starlit” as the stars above the city reflect actual constellations. I wanted to add them to the city to create a calm and reflective feeling.
Thank you again to Lyft and to Urban Artworks, I would not have been able to complete this project without you!
What an incredible experience it was working with the City of Danville, California for the “Dogs of Danville” sculpture installation.
My piece “How we grow” is an acrylic based colorful and whimsical piece that brings the viewer around the dog for a full 360-degree experience with every angle offering a different perspective. I wanted the dog to have movement complete with brightness and a sense of playfulness. One of the most time-intensive parts of the process (besides applying) is how the dog required multiple layers of paint. One can see by viewing the time-lapse that 3-4 coats of paint were needed to make a stable and bright hue that I desired as an outcome. This also was true with the black and white lines across the dog as well. The entire dog took me about 3 days of painting at a good 3-4 hour sessions. My roommates were cheering me on as I was painting in the backyard, complete with guitar playing and sunbathing.
The City put out a call months before asking for requests for applications to paint or add mixed media to the already casted plexiglass dog sculptures. Half of the dogs were standing, and the other half was standing.
The art opening took place on May 9th, 2019 at the Village Theatre and Art Gallery in Danville, CA, where all 15 artists celebrated their works. The installation of the dogs happened after the celebration where they found semi-permanent locations throughout Danville. My piece was the unique and lucky one to stay at the Village Theatre, welcoming guests and patrons of the theatre at the front entrance.
I am so thankful to be included in this show and grateful for the Danville Arts Commission for including me in the show.
Please watch my timelapse and be sure to check out “How We Grow” until September 2019 where they will be auctioned off.