Creating a Scene!
In third grade I assisted the art teacher in painting a backdrop that depicted the exterior of our school- PS 197 in Brooklyn, New York. We walked around outside and discussed the visual details that made the school special. I made the suggestion that the Good Humor truck parked out front at the end of the day should be included. She would draw and outline in black, then I would color in the shapes. She would then add details on top of the shapes. I was amazed by the finished product and wanted to paint scenery when I grew up.
New York was the perfect place to develop an interest in scenic painting. The museums were full of large-scale paintings, the streets had exterior murals and I saw many theatrical performances with beautiful settings. Also, there were many commercial murals- like the one for The Gap that was on Kings Highway in a shopping district blocks from my elementary school. When my Mom would take us shopping after school I liked to check it out- it had 5 or 6 people with long flowing hair, bell bottoms, and platform shoes in bold colors. I wish I could find images of this early inspiration.
As a professional artist I have created murals and scenery for theater, corporate displays, residential and commercial spaces both interior and exterior. From the setting of a musical to the atmosphere of a theme restaurant, it is exciting to create different locales for many different reasons. Two years ago the Heights Hospital for Animals in Houston, Texas commissioned me to design 11 scenes for their “doggie condos” used to board dogs. The paintings show pets on dream vacations in various places including France, Italy, New Orleans, Hollywood, Tahiti and Egypt.