Public art commission from the C.A.S.I.D. community development non-profit
After applying to a national call to artists request for proposal to decorate the number of traffic utility boxes that scatter Central Avenue in Jersey City, I was selected to install two such boxes. The materials used are a combination of vinyl wrap and exterior acrylic paint, then coated with a polyurethane finish.
Thanks to Director David Diaz, who showed us around Jersey City, enlightening us about it’s rich history and even treating us to an authentic Cuban meal! My son and I loved it!
Oregon Ridge Nature Center Library
During the weekends I painted an interior woodland scene in the library/teaching center at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center as part of a renovation project which included not only the mural
but new book shelves, counter top and sink, and new floor tiles.
The mural depicts a patch of woods framing a rocky stream similar to what you might stumble upon while hiking the 1,000 acres Oregon Ridge has to offer. It also will act as a background for some of the stuffed Squirrel, Raccoon, Birds and Deer that grace
the Nature Center.
Pointers Run Elementary School
Ellicott City, MD
For two years in a row I was hired as Artist-In-Residence to facilitate a one day mural event at Pointers Run Elementary School. Our project was one of several that day as others re-painted the school play lot lines, built outdoor classroom tables and weeded the garden. As you can see we had a solid turn out of volunteers, mostly painting the base coats.
After that initial day, I would come back and “touch up” the artwork before it’s considered complete.
The pictures tell the story much better than I can!
Oregon Ridge Nature Center
The first of two murals I painted for the Baltimore County Parks & Rec. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, the Reptile room hosts an active bee hive that was the focal point of the mural. I included a handful of hexagonal hive cells to act as display areas for information the center employees could add and change as needed. Also included in the mural is an opossum, gray fox, deer, snakes, and birds like the pileated woodpecker. This took about 7 days to complete.
Baltimore Office of the Promotion of the Arts
In 2012, I was chosen as one of five artists to complete a mural for the city of Baltimore through Baltimore Office of the Promotion of the Arts. They supply the paint and scaffolding while I supply the design and labor. This design is a welcome sign to the neighborhood of Bayview and was partially sponsored by Johns Hopkins Hospital. It is located on the corner of Elrino St. and Eastern Ave. in Baltimore.
One interesting anecdote about this project was that one night I stored several 5 gallon buckets of paint up on the top level of the scaffolding thinking, "Who would climb all the way up here and mess with it?" Well, that night someone did, and the following morning I was greeted with two story drips of black running down the face of the mural and splatter on the sidewalk below. Needless to say the rest of that day was spent restoring everything to its proper look. I did get to test my skills at faux concrete though, choosing to paint over the splatter and puddles instead of trying to remove them. Never found the culprit.
Another Outdoor Classroom Initiative for Howard County Public Schools. This one features the Lifecycle of a Butterfly and is at the location where the Science Class students unleash their own Monarch Butterflies after hatching from their cocoons.
I had a swarm of student volunteers during this one day event and then returned the following weekend to finish the details.