One summer, one hundred feet, eight local high school students and the opportunity to turn a dark and dreary underpass into a flowing, glowing work of art. This mural is on the CTA Redline underpass at Northshore and Glenwood Avenue in Chicago. I created it with a small team of talented high school students. Public art projects effect communities in so many positive ways. The student artists take ownership in their community in a profound way and the neighbors benefit daily from their desire to contribute something permanent and wonderful.
"Public art strengthens communities."
Utopia Paper + How Design Conference
Please press 'Play' to watch the fun start-to-finish time-lapse video we created for the event!
Appleton Coated always creates inspiring visuals. For the How Design Conference, they hired illustrators to bring art to life in a big way. One one side of the booth, I painted and promoted the Utopia Paper Collection and Chris Gliebe, an amazing graffiti artist painted and promoted the Curious Collection. We both painted vigorously for three days as the conference took place.
This time lapse video shows the process from start to finish and how Appleton showcased a live-art-event the night of the opening party. Utopia Paper is about beauty, quality, and creativity which is why I used a vibrant peacock to represent their luxurious coated white papers. They are devoted to giving graphic designers an amazing product that elevates a finished design.
It was great to be part of such a progressive collaboration. And, I couldn’t have done this video without the commitment and creativity of the following folks who were such a joy to work along side: photographers: Joel Krogman, Oliviero Rodriguez and Bola Olukanni with the final editing by Joel Krogman of Interrupted Media.
"Life’s definitely more satisfying when you are part of a brilliant team!"
Molly Z. for Utopia
Hiring an artist to paint live means taking a risk on person, a performance and a piece of art. Corkcicle, the manufacturer of high end drink accessories wanted to have the most original booth at the International Housewares Show. When you buy a Corkcicle product you are buying it to enjoy a beverage while having fun. I created this artwork to align with their brand story and their mission to be innovative. After installing a 12 ft x 20 ft white backdrop, I painted live for three days during the trade show, bringing the artwork to life and interacting with lots of great people. I worked closely with Tradetech Skyline Displays and Corkcicle to insure the preparation and installation were a success.
"Creating this vibrant artwork reminded me of how much I enjoy working with companies who take risks on new ideas and truly value creative expression."
Chicago Metra Mural
This 100 foot mural for Chicago’s Metra Train System was completed in the Rogers Park neighborhood. The mural is on the Morse Avenue Underpass for the Union Pacific North Metra Line. Anne Vandevender assisted on the mural as a pattern painter, along with many friendly folks from the neighborhood. The finished mural displays lots of rich textures and patterns from different artist’s hands creating a painted mosaic to the giant wall.
"We are all really proud and honored to be a part of a community who loves and supports the arts.”
Springer Center Mural
I worked with a great group of students from Springer Center School in Cincinnati, Ohio to create this wonderful mural in their school hallway. We focused on imagery reflecting nature and the students filled in my icons with their own designs. I lead two residencies with different groups of students to complete the entire 90 foot hallway. The students learned about shapes, symbols, patterns, and how these elements repeat in nature and can be used to make a collaborative piece of public art. The final mural was filled with beautiful details designed and painted by the students. I use this mural making process when I work with schools. This mural has become a strong branding element for the Springer Center. It's used on marketing materials, videos and a show piece when families tour the school.
“Art effects much more than just the space, it can help convey a powerful story and be part of positive childhood experience."
DuPage Children's Museum
The DuPage Children's Museum updated their space and invited artists to contribute one of a kind lasting works of art in their classrooms and exhibits. For this mural, the museum selected a word they wanted to use to inspire their guests and I created artful patterns based on symbols and vibrant colors found in the museum. When you visit...If you look close you may be able to find other hidden things in the art!
"Museums are such wonderful spaces, filled with energy and education."