Murals and Public Art

In my more than twenty-five years of organizing, designing and painting public art works, my major interest has been to involve local people from all walks of life in every aspect of each project.  I believe that each person in their life and their community has something to contribute to the way we all see and understand the world.

The public art projects I have organized include murals on public buildings, in playgrounds, in elementary and high schools and on senior centers. My belief is that all participants in these projects, sometimes a few, sometimes dozens, of amateur artists, children and adults, emerge with a feeling of pride and accomplishment, and increased connection to their community.  I know that these artworks enrich each community with color, imagination, history and a sense of being a special place.

I believe that public art reflects the soul of a place.  It provides a critical outlet for its unheard or silenced rhythms, vibes and voices.

 

Curiosity Will Get You Where You Want To Go

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Lincoln High School Mural, 2019, San Francisco, Ca.  Designed and painted with the assistance of some dedicated high school students.

 

 The Twin Bulls of Lakkos

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The Twin Bulls of Lakkos, 2019.  Painted on Crete, Greece in the Lakkos neighborhood on the side of a popular cafe as a way to attract interest, investment, and re-vitalize the area without gentrifying it.
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A full shot of the Twin Bulls of Lakkos.  The design honors the myth ( or legend) of the Bull of Minos (Crete) where this mural is painted, and puts a modern twist on it.

                     Festival Time

This mural is installed at a senior center in San Francisco, reflecting their diverse ethnicities and honoring their request to showcase what they consider the among the best of their cultures, the festivals.  The mural was made by watercolor on yupo paper, then scanned and printed on metal.

 

                                           Mahila

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Mahila was painted inside a popular restaurant in San Francisco known by the same name. The photo references the owner, the basket she is holding shows a stylized depiction of the spices used in the cuisine, and the house in the background is similar to the one she grew up in.  The poem to the left was written by her and addresses the meaning of “Mahila”- ( woman) in her culture.

                            Greetings From Oakland

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This modernized yet old fashioned postcard mural design appears in downtown Oakland, Ca. 2018.

 

 

                                          Offerings

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“Offerings”, Grocery Outlet Mural, San Francisco, 2018.  This mural celebrates food and culture from around the world.

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“Offerings” Grocery Outlet Mural detail, S. Van Ness Avenue and 24th St, San Francisco, 2018. These show the central american traditional ingredients, foods, and kitchen implements.

 

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These mural details show a Middle Eastern ancient water pitcher and South American bowl and ingredients used for traditional dishes.

 

                                    PUBLIC ART

                City of San Bruno, Ca.  Utility Boxes

 

 

 

Painted Trash Cans, Tenderloin Neighborhood, San Francisco, Ca

 

                                 Gigi’s Jungle

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San Francisco, Ca.  Fantasy jungle with the owner’s favorite tropical animals.

 

 

 

 

Hummingbirds

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Hummingbird on garage door, San Francisco, Ca.

 

                                  Water Bearer

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Mural on outside motel wall, San Francisco, Ca.

 

 

                               Frisco’s Wild Side

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Alley long mural in Langton Alley, San Francisco depicting the City after humans have left and animals have reclaimed their territory.

 

                         En La Lucha Por La Paz

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Painted in solidarity with the people of Masatepe, Nicaragua

 

                       Dream, Discover and Play

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Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco, murals on wall and playground.