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Mural & Large Scale

Outdoor/Indoor

Public, Private, Commercial

Community Projects

Cut-Panel Installations

I kind of fell into it...

... and it don't stop!

In 1992, when my painting mentor,

Jim Richard, recommended me to paint at Royal Artists, Inc., a Mardi Gras parade float manufacturer in New Orleans, I had no idea that murals would make up so much of my portfolio.

 

I have been fortunate to work on many projects with my friends, Richard Harrison and Rebecca VanOrnam, of A Midsummer's Mural, and street artist Hugo Zamorano, especially on the South Omaha Mural Project, with our good friend and local historian, Gary Kastrick.  

All together, we have painted over twenty public murals since 2011.

 

We do public/community, private and commercial projects; from realistic representations to pure abstraction. 

The Leavenworth Corridor

Midtown Omaha is ripe for murals as it transforms from the remains of its former heyday into a revived, still local economy.  See the Triangulation video below for more about why we do these murals and see some of the other artists making this happen.  Currently, there are about a dozen murals along this stretch of Leavenworth and heading downtown.   We have done six of them.  They're on and mostly for local businesses, non-profits, veterans, Art.

the Triangulation mural

the Triangulation mural

Russ, Jeff, Me, Dave

Russ, Jeff, Me, Dave

Russ, Larry, Jeff, Me, Marty

Russ, Larry, Jeff, Me, Marty

sidewalk view

sidewalk view

me, RUSS

me, RUSS

Op Art

Op Art

Noah

Noah

dangeRUSS

dangeRUSS

13 days of work

13 days of work

oblique view

oblique view

Larry

Larry

family day

family day

ladder times

ladder times

kickstarter for triangulation

kickstarter for triangulation

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AVANZA!

This is the first public art project on which Richard Harrison and I worked together.  We were contacted by Sarah Tracey, who founded StartLab to engage artists in local art projects, while she worked with Urban Village, for which we've done a few projects.  Joining with the Ford Birthsite Neighborhood Assoc., we received two Omaha Mayor's Grants and funding from the Nebraska Arts Council.  Visiting Artist Linda Garcia guided Jackson Elementary students in creating papel picado designs, which were integrated into the mural.  Avanza was the name of the latin supermarket on which the mural depicts produce often found in such markets.  READ news story.

Triangulation

I felt a need to promote pure design as a useful member of the mural gallery developing in the city. This project was funded through crowd-sourcing on Kickstarter, which paid for labor of first-time muralists.

 

Special thanks to Dave, Russ, Larry, Jeff, Noah, Rhianna and Nicole!

Leavenworth Arts District – See Video below from the Triangulation Project.  The idea is to promote both the small businesses in this area of Omaha and also the artists beautifying it.

4314 Leavenworth St.

2013

Other Leavenworth & Midtown Murals

  • Antique Float at Jim's Seek and Save

  • 2013 NSX at Exclusive Honda

  • Freedom! at VFW

  • Urban Village on Farnam St.

Cut-outs & Installations

I painted Mardi Gras parade floats for Royal Artists, Inc., in New Orleans, which brought me to large scale painting - and to the use of cut-outs.  I worked there in my early twenties, from 1992-1994.  We would attach cut-out, painted images to the floats using wire so that they would jiggle down the street and animate the main scenes. 

 

This led me to create my first jigsaw-cut piece, "Notary", in 1994, which was followed by four hand-cut, wooden, free-standing, folding screens in graduate school.  Nowadays, large installations start with cuts from a CNC router into durable signboards of varying thicknesses or by laser, cut into clear acrylic after printing on its surface, for luminous effects on smaller pieces.  Panels can be abutted vertically and horizontally to create screen walls, gates, banisters or relief installations.  One goal is large-scale, plasma-cut, steel installations.  The aesthetic carries into my studio stencil work and even into traditional mural compositions.