After my work with Buzzfeed I was blessed enough to cross paths with the beautiful people of BeautifyEarth, a non profit mural painting organization helping to empower creatives and bolster communities with art. The location of the mural this mural is one block away from Venice Beach, CA. So to me it had to be light, care free, calming as the ocean, but lively and moving just like Venice itself. This project was a challenge as I decided to paint the entire mural traditionally from start to finish, using only bushes and paint pens.
Shortly after moving to LA I was hired as an artist consultant and muralist by Buzzfeed to assist in a the production of a video ad for a blue tooth speaker product. This was a really fun and fresh experience for me having just moved to LA from Wisconsin. Not only was I meeting talented creatives from multiple disciplines I was being paid to use my creative gifts and talents. This mural was hand painted inside of an abandoned factory and each wall section is close to 35ft. The total overall dimension are s 7ft high x 70ft long.
This project had an interesting concept behind it. That music no matter what type spurs creativity and motivates us to be our truest selves. There was two distinct dancing troupes hired to help paint the walls and each troupe worked on one section up until the very end of the mural. One dance group was hip-hip the other was interpretive dance. Each group played their choice of music and then painted the wall to the rhythm and motion their musical choices evoked within them. In between their dance takes I was tasked with filling in the the composition of the mural and making sure that its colors were balanced and it had a motion that was indicative of the type of feeling the dancers themselves were painting with. Overall it was a great experience, one which I owe to fellow University of Wisconsin almuni for referring me for the position.
Within a year of graduating from my undergraduate studies I was hired to come up with a new design for one of the campus food carts. It was my personal favorite, the Luang Prabang Thai food cart. Thai artwork, in particular their ornate gold filigree and pattern work are things I have always admired. I knew this was going to be a challenging task and I enlisted the assistance of my good friend and fellow artist, Kristof Didrickson, to help me refine the design and apply the pattern. This was a really fun project for me as a burgeoning artist fresh out of school and it left a lasting impression.