Early in 2017, I did an interior mural at the Blick Art Materials location in the Chicago Loop neighborhood. Thankfully, the Blick team loved what I did because I was invited to create a large scale mural for their new Berkeley California location. This made me so happy on many levels! It was important to me because I grew up only a few miles away from the new location and I loved that it was my first project of 2018. This project took me nine days and people really seem to dig the bright colors... could definitely be a theme of 2018!
Back in 2016, I was invited to create a mural for Havas Worldwide in the common work space of their large scale office. Towards the end of 2017, the knew they were going to demo their lobby and that they had an opportunity to invite an artist in to completely "GO WILD" knowing that it would only be up for a month or so. I immediately jumped at the opportunity as soon as I heard "GO WILD." This project took 8 days and was documented/edited into a short video posted below. The story I tell in the short video is one of my favorite public art, real life, stories that actually happened... I think of it almost everyday. It helped me realize why I make art and what inspires me.
News flash! There is a new hoagie in town! Taylor Gourmet, (a "hoagie and more" restaurant), started in Washington DC and has currently expanded out to many cities including the Chicago Loop neighborhood. Cross streets are Dearborn and Madison. Go check it out!
Have Hope! Hope for the day! What an incredible charity and organization bringing attention to the fact that "It is ok to not be ok." Starting the conversation about mental health awareness and suicide prevention is incredibly important to the founder of Hope for the Day, Jonny Boucher. I am fortunate enough to be one of a the few artists representing work shown for and at Sip of Hope, the worlds first coffee shop donating all proceeds to the cause. I did live painting for a fundraiser hosted in November 2017. The coffee shop is due to open April 2018 in Logan Square.
September of 2016 I was asked to speak at the Cusp Conference (think TED talk) at the MCA Chicago. It was a huge honor to be a part of this event. I was approached by the organizers and founders while I was working on the Morgan/Lake St. mural in the West Loop in Chicago early Spring 2016. They were impressed and inspired by my motivation and inspiration to take my show on the road and tour as many cities as I can making public art/street art. The goal of this talk (in front of 300 people!) was to talk about: what gets me out of bed in morning, why I do what I do, how I got to where I am today, what drives me and how is what I do making a positive/creative impact in the world. I hope you enjoy this talk... I am very proud of it and hope it inspires you to overcome your fears of "taking the plunge" to find your happiness and success.
After completing the mural I did for the Emporium Fulton Market location in Chicago, I was commissioned to create a mural for their new SF location November 2017. I only had 2.5 days to create this mural that is located in the entry way to the arcade/bar/music venue. This mural is open to the public and is located in the NOPA district in SF. I think this mural job was the fastest I have ever painted! I had a tight deadline but was able to finish just in time. Emporium SF open this month. I am so happy and proud to have done two murals in the Bay Area in less than two weeks!
November 2017 I was commissioned to create at a large mural for the new Oakland Beer Baron location. Beer Baron is due to open at the end of the year! This 800 sq. ft. mural took me 4 days and was such an important mural this year! I grew up just a few miles from this location and it was my first mural in Oakland. It was so wonderful to be back in the Bay Area creating art and I certainly hope not the last.
October 2017 I was commissioned to create a mural at a the new Chicago location for the Emporium arcade, bar and venue location in the Fulton Market neighborhood of Chicago. I was given the opportunity to try out some color skills in this rad hallway leading to the restrooms and photo booth area. The idea was to create a black light trippy world and I think I nailed it! People are having a blast taking photos in front of it!
October 2017 I was commissioned to create a mural for the creative ad agency firm VML. VML is located in the the River North Neighborhood of Chicago. One of the lead VML creatives saw my work in the West Loop at the West Loop fest and invited me to create a mural in their inspiring space. Numerous local Chicago public artists have graced the walls here and I am honored to have been included!
October 2017 I had my first gallery show in almost a decade! Chicago Truborn is a Gallery located in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. The one month long show showcased 22 new pieces from myself as well as 20+ pieces from a local Chicago Artist Nate Otto. The duo show was a big success and I sold every piece but 2! Super proud of this show and super proud to be represented by Chicago Truborn. Next year we already have it in the works for a solo show. Stay tuned!
October 2017 I was commissioned through Chicago Truborn and The West Town Community Organization to create a permanent exterior mural for the West Town School of Rock location! This mural 700 sq. ft. mural took me three days to complete. I was so overwhelmed with the positive response from the West Town community as well as the entire team and students at School of Rock. So thankful to be a part of their story!
October 2017 I was commissioned to create a mural in the West Loop Chicago Google Location. This location has an incredible collection of murals from local artists on all ten floors of their stunning building. I worked on the 5th floor elevator lobby for one day to create my piece. I am super honored to have art in this incredible building and for this monumental company!
While I was in Memphis for the 2017 "Paint Memphis" event... a few Instagram fans reached out to say that I simply must meet a local artist that goes by "Where Is Frances"... The fans reached out to her as well and long story short WE MADE SOME INCREDIBLE ART TOGETHER. This was one of the first collaborative moments that actually turned into something amazing. We created 8 large scale paintings in 2.5 days. The experience was equally enjoyable and inspiring. We plan to create more art together for sale as soon as possible!
September 2017 I was invited to participate in the annual Paint Memphis event! I was so honored to have been included in the Paint Memphis 2017 line up of talented artists. This two day event in Memphis, had over 100 artists participate in creating Tennessee's largest collaborative mural. I created this mural in two days completely free hand without any aid of a sketch, projector or grid. Flex Your Hustle, Leave Your Mark, MEMPHIS AS LUCK!! This is a permanent mural and my second in Memphis. I plan to create many more in the years to come!
September 2017 I was invited to participate at the West Loop Art Fest in Chicago. For two days I painted live on Fulton Market Street surrounded by other art vendors, music, and street food! I created large canvases and donated them to The West Loop Organization group. I met a lot of local fans a created some new ones! I would love to participate again next year! A lot of love for the West Loop...
August 2017 I was commissioned to participate in the secret stairwell project at the Thompson Hotel in the Gold Coast neighborhood in Chicago. This project is in association with the gallery Chicago Truborn located in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. This stairwell project houses murals created by numerous artists located near and far in Chicago. This mural took me two days to create in a very awkward space. I was on a very tall ladder in the stairwell rocking away to a music surrounded by some amazing art. It is open to the public! Go check it out!
August 2017 I was commissioned to do a mural in the BLICK art supply store in the LOOP neighborhood of Chicago. I completed this bad bod in three days! I am so proud of this project because it is the only permanent mural in the busy BLICK location in Chicago. This project was in association with Prime 8 in Chicago and is a huge supporter of the arts! This mural was done free hand without a sketch or projector.
August 2017 I was commissioned to do a 2,500 sq. ft. mural for MNML. MNML is a creative consulting firm and is located near an extremely busy train stop in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. It took me 14 days to create this mural from start to finish. It was documented daily and I am now consistently tagged on social media from people standing in front of the mural... selfies, groupies, product placement, etc. I worked on this completely free hand and without any aid of a sketch, projector or grid. I had so much fun working on this mural because of the location! The West Loop is full of creative and appreciative people that welcomed my public art in their neighborhood!
July 2017 I was invited to be one of 5 artists to paint at the Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach! I was the only female muralist to be commissioned for this incredibly rad annual job. Over a million people come every year to this one week event that hosts competitions for BMX, Surfing and Skateboarding competitions. We were only given three days in the hot sun to complete a large amount of space. IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES OF MY LIFE. This whole team was super hard working, supportive, talented and FUN. We all worked so hard together to finish this job and the end results were awesome. We were told that this year was one of the best collective jobs the organizers had ever seen. I was so honored to be a part of this once a year event and would do it again in a heart beat. At one point I had to devise a "rope swing" device to get the hard angles the canvas provided... there were plenty of obstacles this job provided and I wouldn't have had it any other way.
Back in California, July 2017, I was commissioned to paint a vintage Piaggio Scooter for a rad family in Alameda Ca. This was a first for me, but hopefully not the last! I love painting unique objects, have anything up your sleeve you'd like me to paint? Let me know!