My summer vacation in 2016 was spent traveling through the western US where pools became a positive and recurring theme. I imagine that the immersion in water can evoke the most primitive of memories: life in the womb, our earliest encounters with the sea, summer afternoons from childhood. In the many pools I encountered on this trip, the feeling of being in or next to water in a contained shape was consistently trans formative and comforting. These paintings represent pool areas as patterns, both in the water and throughout the surrounding environment.
Commissioned artwork for public spaces and retail environments.
Puree Juice Bar, Fairfax, Va.
Puree Artisinal Juice Bar opened it's second location in the fall of 2016 in Fairfax, Virginia's new Mosaic District. A soft palette of green and violet set the tone for this design based on west coast modernism. Art was created in five 5' panels and features individual figures set against a repetitive linear background. Each figure is reproduced on film and layered between translucent sheets of resin. By tethering the panels to the bulkhead above and the concrete floor below, a partial wall was created separating the retail area from the store's utilities.
A 10' x 4' narrative painting compliments these five panels and is installed near the entrance, enhancing Puree's friendly, health conscious atmosphere.
A new wing of Washington, DC's Sibley Hospital opened in the fall of 2016. Puree Artisinal Juice Bar was invited to occupy a retail space that integrates directly into the tranquil, contemporary lobby. Art was designed in concert with the lobby's subdued palette and horizontal design, featuring large leaves of kale floating in front of a rhythm of colorful wave like patterns. This bold, fluid art becomes a key visual attraction as you enter the lobby from the main entrance.
New wall color and new artwork freshened Puree Artisanal Juice Bar's original location on Bethesda Row. The three 5' tall brightly colored artworks are face mounted to acrylic, creating a glossy counterpoint to the freshly pressed, bottled juices in the refrigerated cases on the left.
Bird of Peace, Bethesda, Md.
This commemorative public park in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle was completely renovated in 2003. The park was opened up to the surrounding streets and new walkways enabled visitors to enter from many directions. Artwork was created on a vacant wall which faces the park featuring a 10' dove, honoring our country’s effort to preserve peace throughout the world. A striped oval backdrop was designed for the dove to mirror the park's oval brick fountain wall.
Steamer's Seafood, Bethesda, Md.
Steamers Seafood was a landmark restaurant for 20 years in Bethesda, Maryland. A quirky assemblage of structures, including a 1940's Cape Cod house, was part of the layout for their popular neighborhood establishment. In 2003, I created a 20' lobster mural for the front facade of the Cape Cod and additional work for the restaurant's outdoor deck area.
5001 Wilson Lane, Bethesda, Md.
With it's 20' ceiling height, this modern soaring retail space in downtown Bethesda, Maryland provided the perfect opportunity for large scale art. "Girl Wave", a vertical 12' x 4' artwork is visible from the busy urban intersection outside and "Marathon Girl" a horizontal 9' x 3' painting compliments the more intimate space of the mezzanine.
HEART SONG MURAL
This 16' x 8' mural was installed in downtown Bethesda, Maryland facing the busy intersection of Cordell Avenue and Old Georgetown Rd.
Inspiration for this artwork came from my appreciation for bold, large scale images which grace the walls of cities all over the world. Using a bright palette and extreme patterning, HEART SONG projects an upbeat image of a woman expressing creativity and love through song.