1993-1997 Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art, Oberlin College
Courses included a combination of studio work (painting, sculpture, large-format drawing) and Art History with an emphasis on Modern Art History. Senior Thesis culminated in a solo exhibit of large-scale mixed media paintings.
1995-1996 Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy Specialized in restoration, etching, fresco painting, Italian and Modern European Art History.
COLLABORATIVE MURAL PROJECTS
2010 Tempe Standpipe Projects and Tiny Teeth Worked with Arizona artist Kristine Kollasch in creating two mosaic pieces on standpipes in Tempe. Also helped her create a three-dimensional mural inside a children’s dentist office.
2002 Alice on the Wall, Chambers Street, New York, NY Directed a (c)Cityarts mural in collaboration with students from Stuyvesant High School. An interactive piece, the mural invites its viewers to play with the life-size chess pieces and have a New York style picnic alongside giant ants and cockroaches. Just blocks from Ground Zero, "Alice" combines historical elements with fantasy to create a world where anything is possible.
2001-2002 The Mural Club, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Bronx, NY Designed an after school program for children ages 14-18. Program included mural awareness and history, community organization, painting, drawing and graffiti techniques, and the design and creation of collaborative murals in Stevenson High School and the surrounding Park Chester community.
2001 Una Pequeña Historia de Nuestros Mundos, Yellow Metrobus, 511 Gervasio, Havana, Cuba A collaborative outdoor mural created by myself and Cuban artist, Rodovaldo Rodriguez depicting aspects of Cuban History as well as the ideas and dreams of some of the residents in this three-hundred person community. Worked with the children of the community on helping to paint the large, yellow metrobus (a take-off on the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine.")
2000 Soul Journey, Carroll and Third St., San Francisco, CA Aided in the creation of huge community mural in the Hunter's Point/Bayview area of San Francisco. Worked alongside Precita Eyes Community Muralists Association director, founder and legendary muralist Susan Cervantes.
1998-99 A People's History of Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA Assisted in restoration of prominent thirty-year-old mural granted historical site status in 1998. Worked closely with noted muralists, O'Brien Thiele and Osha Neumann.
SOLO MURAL PROJECTS AND COMMISSIONS
2016 Park Elementary, Painted a 20’x10’ mural for a school in Ossining, NY
2016 Magic Garden, Brooklyn, NY Painted a large faux door in the garden of a private home in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
2016 PS9 Pets, Brooklyn, NY Painted the large windows of a pet store in Williamsburg
2016 Twenty Pines, New York NY Painted the logo of this new start up on the wall of their NY office
2015 Crush it Like Quint, Montauk, NY Painted and installed a mural on polytab of the captain from Jaws crushing a Narragansset beer can, the beer on tap at this sweet outdoor/indoor bar in Montauk.
2015 The Barley House, Westchester, NY Painted several logos inside the Barley House restaurant and brewery
2015 World of Beer, Stamford, NJ Painted a large, indoor mural with playful images and logos of some of the local beers on tap.
2014 Private Mural, NJ Painted the Rutgers Logo on a garage wall of a home in NJ.
2013 Violet’s Room, NJ Painted a large fantasy mural in a little girl’s room in NJ. Trees, flowers, birds, fox, forest creatures galore!
2013 Bazaarvoice, New York, NY Created a large-scale three dimensional mural incorporating existing architectural elements for an office in Union Square. The city skyline was echoed in the stencils I created for the office desks.
2012 Faux finish, New York, NY Created a venetian plaster wall in a NYC apartment.
2011-Present Art.is.Song Collaborating with singer/songwriter Adrianne Gonzalez illustrating songs written by us and other prominent musicians in the acoustic music touring circuit. Some work can be seen at www.etsy.com/people/artissong
2011 Cover Design for Winterbloom Designed and painted the artwork for music collective Winterbloom’s first release Winterbloom: Traditions Rearranged
2009 Cover Design for Musician Willy Porter Designed and painted for nationally touring musician Willy Porter's release How To Rob A Bank (Weasel Records)
2004 Fairyland, Brooklyn, NY A One-hundred fifty square foot mural in a baby's room of fairies, flowers, birds and magical creatures.
2002 Jackie's Sun Room, Conyngham, PA A mural depicting the client's favorite cat sitting on a window-sill overlooking a garden with some of the elements from the surrounding environment. The mural is in the client's sun room and is visible from the street, creating a tromp-l'oeil effect.
2001 Manhattan Treehouse, New York, NY Small outdoor mural illustrating the classes and programs available (including art, music, cooking, dance) at this children's center on West 83rd Street.
2000-01 Memorial to Diana Avila, East Bay Sanctuary, Berkeley, CA A small mural dedicated to the memory of Diana Avila, a Salvadoran woman active in the fight for justice in Central America, who died of cancer in June of 2000. The mural is housed in East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, a Berkeley non-profit organization that serves the Central American community, where Ms. Avila worked for five years.
2000 It's A Jungle Down There, Private Residence, Berkeley, CA Five hundred thirty-two square feet of jungle painted in a little girl's basement playroom, complete with three-dimensional animals and trees made from papier-maché.
2000 Julia's Room, Private Residence, Oakland, CA A mural of more than one hundred butterflies designed for the bedroom of a two-year old girl.
2000 Planet Rainbow, Rainbow Preschool, Oakland, CA A large outdoor mural designed in conjunction with the children of Rainbow Preschool, featuring images of animals, outer space and underwater creatures.
1999 Chiropractor's Office, Kun Chiropractic, Hayward, CA Office installation for local chiropractic office. Fourteen body-inspired panel paintings created and installed throughout the waiting and examination rooms to create a warmer environment.
1999 Sign Language Alphabet, Gan Shalom, Berkeley, CA A border painting depicting the letters of the American Sign Language created in a pre-school in Berkeley.
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