This was painted in the studio on 3 prepared panels. These are primed and varnished to ensure weather resistance and to protect against grafitti vandals. Working on panels also means the work can be moved at a later time and re-installed.
Residential backyard mural, before and after. This mural took four days to finish, including a varnish coat. The owner was thrilled, having had her old faded mural for three years too long!
Magical Books, a painted concrete bench in Santa Cruz. This public art was commissioned to celebrate and encourage reading, especially for children. The bench was poured in place and after it had cured I painted it then gave it a careful protective coat of polyurethane.
This clinic serves children, so playful and distracting images were called for! Every room the kids enter has colorful paintings.
This three story tall wall inside the Marine Center required realistic renderings of Monterey Bay sea life, to give the effect of being underwater as one gazes upward. The background is graduated colors of blue made with spray equipment. All the creatures are hand painted.
This mural decorates a wall for an in-home music studio in San Jose, CA. Metallic gold paint was used for the title.
Inside a restaurant, a slate wall fountain adds water in motion to this lush mural. Another feature is the overhanging flower garden painted on masonite with a scroll cut lower edge. This allows removal if future needs call for it. Photo shows before and after. Saratoga, CA 2013
Created for a food products trade show, this was created with a computer program that allows unlimited enlargement with crisp edges. A mural created this way can be customized in unlimited ways, such as changing the name in neon for instance. This technique is great for hard edge subject matter, or a more graphic style of depiction. Any favorite image can be created, from cars to cartoon characters.
After final approval of the art, the file is sent to be printed on vinyl. It can be simply hung or laminated to a wall.
The new owners had this huge wall to decorate, with little direction to go on. They didn't want a figurative mural so I suggested the ribbon concept and they added the sunset idea. This technique requires lots of masking and spraying, so all nearby surfaces are carefully protected first. Soquel, CA 2012
The interior designer of a new radiology clinic wanted an abstract soothing image to carry the eye away from all the high tech equipment, and we came up with this mural. Airbrushed with metallic acrylics, the ribbons shimmer realistically and the carefully rendered shadows give the illusion of dimension. Santa Cruz, CA 2011.
For a room in a new pre-school, a lively design taking bits and inspiration from Matisse. Santa Cruz, CA 2015.
Painting a mural in the studio on masonite panels is convenient for all concerned, and makes for a nice surprise when it is installed. This also allows the client to remove and take the mural to a new location if desired. This dental clinic wanted to sweeten the atmosphere in the childrens wing, and liked my street box murals. Santa Cruz, CA 2011
The panels are mounted on equipment islands in the pediatric area.
Painted on a private residence driveway to brighten up each return to home... Santa Cruz, CA 2015
CHILDRENS AREA MURAL, from "UP", 4' BY 7'
This pediatric clinic requested the balloon house from the movie "UP", but they wanted it removeable. Painted on masonite and carefully varnished for protection from little hands, the shape is scroll cut and the house is suspended on strings. Mountain View, CA 2010
CHILDREN'S ROOM, from "CARS" 5' by 3'
An obsession with the movie "CARS" led to this airbrushed rendering of a scene from the movie. Painted on masonite, varnished and scroll cut, this is easily removed if desired. Soquel, CA 2011
CLOUD CEILING, 4' by 4'
This uniquely shaped room required a removeable ceiling, so the carpenter provided the panels and I painted the clouds on them. Carefully color-matched to the wall color. Cloud ceilings are a favorite subject of mine. Santa Cruz, CA 2010