2016 Otterbein Murals – Central and Programming Rooms
“Prism” greets visitors in the central room of the Otterbein Public Library. Yes, I was 20′ up on scaffolding painting it!
Here are images of the mural in the library’s programming room. This was an unconventional mural. I worked out the design with Mrs. Heigel’s sixth-grade students, based on their interests and lives here in Central Indiana. The students did almost all of the painting themselves, in small blocks of class time. We are so proud of their work!
2015 Monarch Bear
I remember the wonderful fiberglass bulls in Chicago, in 1999. We had just moved to the suburbs of Chicago and I didn’t know anybody, didn’t know how to get involved. I’d watch those bulls being carted around town and felt SO jealous! It was such a neat project 🙂
Well the Greater Lafayette Museum of Art is doing a fundraiser so I put in my proposal and was one of the artists accepted for the project!
My bear is inspired by the monarch butterflies. I was actually in the migrating monarchs once. We just happened to be camping on the Mississippi, at Merrick State Park in Wisconsin, and it was their time to fly through. It was really amazing, thousands and thousands of butterflies out on a random trail 🙂 Of course we didn’t have a camera with us.
It was one of those experiences where you lose your sense of self, of identity and boundaries. I was thinking that bears experience the monarchs, the wonder of being among them. They’re both “of nature” in a way that we aren’t. I painted the bear so that his form disappears in the sky, and the butterflies are both near and far.
The Imagination Station in Lafayette includes a mural of the solar system that I painted for them back in 2008. It’s an exciting backdrop for this important educational space.