How did you get started doing murals? How long have you been painting them?
Officially I’d consider myself to have 10 years of mural painting experience but I’ve been a painter for almost 20 years. I have a BFA and a MFA in painting, and when I moved to Chicago in 2007 after finishing school I was always looking for creative odd jobs to bring in extra money. I had some creative friends who liked my art style and were starting a salon in Logan Square called barbara&barbara and they invited me to paint a large scale mural in their space back in 2010. That was my first introduction to doing mural painting commercially. I’ve always loved painting large-scale work and typically used acrylic paint as my primary medium so it was a really easy transition once I got going.
Can you tell us about your specific style? What influences are you pulling from, and what inspires your aesthetic?
When I was in art school I was always a fan of illustration and design from the past. I was attracted to imagery that used dynamic lines and bright colors. I’ve especially always been interested in telling stories in my artwork. Artist like Arthur Rackham, William Morris, Mary Blair, and Wes Wilson are all big influences on me. I’d describe my own artwork as whimsical, bright, intricate, with lots of dynamic line. Outlining has always been my favorite in both my illustration and mural work. If I have a calling card for my own personal art style it’s my line work.
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