Public Art & Murals

C Street & Silverado Back Lit Mural, Anchorage

The objective of my design was to create a captivating experience for drivers along C Street. Considering the sign’s low position and its primary visibility from vehicles, I aimed for a design that complements the 80Ft horizontal shape of the space while maintaining simplicity and evoke immediate emotional response.

Given the limited presence of green spaces and vegetation along this urban corridor, I created trees as a tribute to nature and to establish a connection with a public audience.

An exciting aspect of this project is the utilization of back lit negative space to create a secondary experience during nighttime or in winter when there is less natural daylight. While the artwork is initially installed as a full-color visual, the transformation occurs when the lights behind the artwork illuminate the negative space.

Girdwood Health Clinic Lobby, Alaska

This artwork embodies my perception of the Turnagain Arm landscape, symbolizing the cohesive bond among our communities. It is characterized by vivid and lively hues, organic fluidity, and a whimsical and heartfelt artistic approach. The depiction on the left side follows the Chugach Range along the highway, while the right side portrays the Turnagain Arm extending past Hope and Pyramid Mountain. The composition converges at the center, offering a view of Carpathian Peak and Skookum Glacier, framed by a foreground alive with dancing wildflowers.

1% Mural, West Anchorage High School Library

A beautiful, inspiring painting nestled within the hub of a hi-tech gateway to knowledge. My design takes the symbolic eagle mascot (representing wisdom + vision) and blends it with organic movement and vibrant color swatches as if at any moment the bird will take flight from the wall. In the midst of book stacks, ebooks, virtual references, and databases, the magic of art can also promote how students prepare (inside and outside of the classroom) for the adventures of life. I’d like to help remind them the world can be brighter than they imagine.

1% Mural, Gladys Woods Elementary School

I was selected to create a mural in the “Winter” hallway of the school. Winter in the boreal forest is known to be long, cold and dark. I wanted my design to be rich in vibrant colors, organic movement and abstract shapes celebrating our longest season. My concept features recognizable visual elements in this environment including 1) The Chugach mountains layered with snow, spruce trees which are resilient and tolerant of our cold winters and the phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis – our northern latitude gives us the opportunity to enjoy this spectacular sight.

1% Mural, Gladys Woods Elementary School

My concept is inspired by the significant challenges and rewards our fire and EMS personnel experience while managing emergencies in the Turnagain Arm area; proximity to glaciers, boatable lakes with ice bergs, unending Chugach forest, mud flats and strong tidal change, transport through the mountains, and exploration on the river systems. The design is rich in vibrant colors, organic movement and abstract landmarks done in a whole-hearted style. The design transition at the corners of the mural will be seamless. My intention is to make something timeless, easy to relate to for any age and supports community pride. Mostly, at the end of the day, I want something that is enjoyable and uplifting to look at whether a school group is getting a tour or a medic is getting coffee after a 3am Seward Highway accident.

1% Mural, Nome State Office Building

Nome and the surrounding villages revolve around the seasonal subsistence cycle of hunting & gathering which provides residents with much needed food along with materials for gear, clothing, tools and crafts. I want my piece to be timeless and speak to residents & visitors alike about the subsistence resources available. From beluga whale hunts to picking bird eggs, and lifting pots of king crabs to watching a caribou migration, the Bering Straits region is abundant with life. I have selected marine, land, fish & bird elements to tell the story of what mother nature provided Nome to make it unique.

Sitzmark Ceiling

The project happened in 2012 when I was commissioned to decorate the wood panels to cover the ceiling as a sound proofing solution. Covering the 3,000 sq ft area took approximately 18 gallons of paint, 1,500 ft of silver bead strands, 65 disco balls, 4 weeks and the keys to the building. For a nighttime entertainment I applied a layer of black light paint to the designs. As day turns to night, and the blacklight bulbs are turned on, the daytime art disappears and there is an entirely new experience in the venue.

1% Mural, Girdwood School

My proposal was to create a permanent testimony to the surroundings that shape us as a community. Girdwood is nestled in the northern-most rainforest in North America, surrounded by mountains, glaciers, rivers, and wildlife. Along with school and education having a physical and mental impact on our youth, so does the natural environment we live in every day.

Parade of Bears 2016

This is my painted bear for Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in support of the 24th International Conference on Bear Research & Management held in Anchorage during the summer of 2016. Bear forms decorated by local artists were displayed in downtown Anchorage at local businesses. My bear design was inspired by the food items found in a brown bears diet including razor clams, salmon, berries and more. You can visit “Forage” year-round at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center.

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