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.
When the shelter-in-place began, I noticed my neighborhood starting to look blighted. Boarded up windows and doors lined the street and I wondered what I could do. I realized that I could do what I do- paint them, try to bring some positivity and uplifting color to the area and provide some energy towards showing hope and respect for my city and people. Below are some examples from Divisadero Street, Franklin Street and Union Street.
Cycles of Life Mosaic
This mosaic was completed in December of 2019. It is located at 1296 Shotwell Street in San Francisco and was designed, fabricated and installed in conjunction with Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center and 4 other artists, Fred Alvarado, Christy Majano, Robert Louthan and Yuka Ezoe.
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 Precita Eyes Muralist Robert Louthan and the assistance of some dedicated high school students.
The Twin Bulls of Lakkos
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 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
This modernized yet old fashioned postcard mural design appears in downtown Oakland, Ca. 2018.
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“Offerings”, Grocery Outlet Mural, San Francisco, 2018. This mural celebrates food and culture from around the world and was painted with Precita Eyes Muralists Francisco Franco, Felipe Hernandez, Robert Louthan, and Sarah Siskin.
Utility Boxes, City of San Bruno, Ca.
Utility Boxes, Redwood City, Ca.
Painted Trash Cans, Tenderloin Neighborhood, San Francisco, Ca
San Francisco, Ca. Fantasy jungle with the owner’s favorite tropical animals.
Hummingbird on garage door, San Francisco, Ca.
Mural on outside motel wall, San Francisco, Ca.
Frisco’s Wild Side
Alley long mural in Langton Alley, San Francisco depicting the City after humans have left and animals have reclaimed their territory. Painted with Precita Eyes Muralist Josh Sarantitis.
En La Lucha Por La Paz
Painted in solidarity with the people of Masatepe, Nicaragua
Dream, Discover and Play
Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco, murals on wall and playground.