I have had the opportunity to paint several commercial, community, and private murals that have ranged from the side of a restaurant, to the entire ceiling of a building, and everything in between. I have also painted over 200 murals in homes throughout the United States and abroad. I believe my experience with painting large thematic commercial murals that encompass various ideas, withstand the elements, and creating something that inspires the community make me a great candidate to paint this mural.
Fashion Institute of Designs and Merchandising, 2000 Visual Art Degree
Exhibits and Awards
4/00 MOMA exhibit show. I had a large 3D piece of art for display.
08- 09 Livermore Wild Vine Art Exhibit
7/09 7/08 Los Altos Art Faire
I also do Home Shows about 3 times a year all over the Bay Area
6/13/07 Valley Newspaper
Keeping it Fresco
11/5/03 Riverbank Press
Artist Enlivens City with Murals
7/31/03 Tracy Press
Painting the Town
* Trader Joe’s 7/09
o Elk Grove, CA.
o Modesto, CA.
o Chico, CA.
o Carson City, NV.
o Reno, NV.
Size: 5 murals that were 5 x 120 feet Turnaround: 10 weeks each
Description: All 5 murals were painted depicting each city’s landmarks and natural attractions
* Sahara Restaurant in Redwood City, CA 8/07
Size: 20x60 feet Turnaround: 30 days
Description: All walls were painted in a caramel glaze. There are 3 15 ft. arches that are painted with a faux stone. On the right wall there is an 8ft x 6 ft mural of Lebanese ruins.
* Romeo Wineries 10/08
2 canvas murals of the client’s land where they grow their grapes
* White Oak High School Ben Lommond, CA 2/07
Size: 30x20 feet Turnaround: 15 days
Description: whimsical map of the surrounding area
* Bark to Basics (dog daycare) San Francisco CA 9/07
Size: 8x 15ft plus Turnaround: 10 days
Description: 1 wall with doggy school, and other walls with school items
* San Francisco Day School 11/07
Size: 5x7 feet Turnaround: 5 days
Description: A collage of various works of literature
* H and L Noodle bakery in Sacramento, Ca 1/06
Size: 40 x 30x 9 feet Turnaround: 10days
Description: Yellow glazing was painted throughout with vines. One wall is a tropical mural with the restaurants name and logo.
* Rokku Restaurant Sacramento CA 6/05
Faux bamboo painted on 4 columns along with burgundy color glazing throughout. Clouds were painted on the ceiling and a large 10ft tropical mural on the back wall.
* The Commons at Elk Grove 8/04
Several murals were painted over doors and on walls of an Alzheimer’s Community.
*Several City murals were painted in Riverbank, and also over the electrical boxes and during the Tracy Bean festival I painted 3, 10x10 murals 2003
Large Home Murals
* Dana Stubblefield of the Oakland Raiders 5/08
boy and girls room was painted in full 360 degree murals
faux finish in the foyer and 2 niche murals in the family room.
* Wayne Evans San Jose , Ca 12/08
The entire interior garage was painted in an ocean theme, including the ceiling. This job was difficult because I took the clients ideas and painted it using only his descriptions.
* Stan and Madu Singh Modesto, CA 7/07
The entire house was faux painted. A mural is painted above the fireplace, and 3 other large wall murals are painted throughout the home.
* Kay Healy Livermore CA 10/07
full backyard mural (8ft x 90 ft ) of waterfalls
* Helen Narisco Santa Clara, CA 4/06
A warm caramel glaze was painted throughout the home. I painted a large 10ft circular dome with sky and cherubs, up on a 20ft ceiling. 15ft garden mural painted around the staircase, and 8ft tropical mural painted on entry wall.
Personal Artist Statement
We are trompe l'oeil artists focusing primarily on mural painting. We have found that the "language" of life-size illusions allow us to communicate with a very large audience. It seems almost universal that people take delight in being visually tricked. Once captivated by the illusion, the viewer is lured to cross an artistic threshold and thus seduced into exploring the concept of the piece. We have also found that by creating architectural illusion that integrates with the existing environment both optically and aesthetically, the art transcends the "separateness" that public art sometimes produces.
It is important for us, as an artists, to interact with the community, formulating concepts based upon a multitude of viewpoints. Artists must be continually aware that their work can serve as a bridge between diverse cultural backgrounds. Public art is of great interest to us; providing us with a sense of purpose as it is a very powerful form of communication. It can link people together, stimulate a sense of pride within the community, and introduce the viewer to new ideas and perspectives.
When developing a mural, we also respond to aspects of the location such as its architectural style or the natural surroundings. Often, we like to play with the art's context by contrasting these environments with another place and/or time. This paradox or juxtaposition of environments transports the viewer on a journey from local reality into a new space. During this "voyage", the viewer may experience sequential discoveries as my compositions are designed to unfold in narrative layers.
While most of the time we respond to existing architectural settings, we have also had the opportunity to take part in the development of the architecture itself; modifying the design of the structure to marry the painting to the site. This bridge between art and the architectural can effectively erase the transition point between reality and illusion. The art thus becomes integrated into the real world of architecture and lends credibility to the illusion of the painting. Together the sum is greater than its parts.