Artville Residency (2019)

(2019) Leadville Colorado residency


The month of October, high in the mountains, served as a time for allowing space. My time was spent walking, seeing mountain tops, movement researching/choreographing, environment sketches, mural painting, all while living with dear friends.



I was able to create the movement framework used for the choreographic commission at North Star Ballet in Fairbanks Alaska following my residency. My environment sketches serve as a personal photograph for my eyes, a drawn memory of any location that captures my attention.



My friends like to walk. While at Artville I was invited to go for a three-day walk along a section of the Continental Divide Trail. I have for quite a long time fantasized about long distance walking. This served as a beautiful introduction to this revealing and healing path.



I visited the peaks of five mountain tops over 14,000 feet while at Artville. I have a long standing practice of planting a handstand at the top of high points. I aim to try and pretend that while in the handstand, I’m actually rightside up and holding up the mountain and world in my hands. As a student of my own body, I love the reality of walking up a steep mountain, the physical strength and stamina needed to listen to and work through rapid altitude shifts is humbling to say the least.


Ol’Burgdishy (2018)

(2018) Commissioned public art mural, Seattle Center Sculpture Walk, Seattle WA.


For this mural I received a public art grant from the Office of Arts and Culture and Seattle Center Art Interruptions. Initially I wanted to work with a rain activated clear coating that would break down over the course of four months to a year and is biodegradable in the Seattle center fountain. I could not get clearance for the location, which kicked off a lengthy back and forth regarding what location could be used. Ultimately, we settled on the steps of the Key Arena and I got to work on a draft. The final design took into consideration the shape of space and how color would cascade down and direct the eye of the observer while traveling over the massive work. I painted the whole mural using rollers over the course of two days with the help of Taylor and Natan.



Mary’s Place (2017)

(2017) Commissioned public art mural, Urban Artworks, Seattle WA. 


Mural painted to beautify the temporary play area for children of residents of Mary’s Place. Commissioned through Urban artworks. This work was painted freehand using acrylic brush paint, rollers and paint sprayer. I am always quite happy to create works that enliven those that have fallen on hard times. It felt quite powerful to give this simple work to the kids making their play area all the more realised. 


Barcelona Bald (2017)

(2017) Public art mural, Barcelona Spain.


Mural location acquired through Wall Spots Barcelona. I love when given the opportunity to paint without any needed draft of the proposed work. I am in my most happy place when I get to freehand paint, choosing shape and color as informed by the location and atmosphere. This work took all of one day, and was painted with acrylic paint. The image created is a recurring character named the bald man, I have continued to paint this character since 2001. I explore through this character the idea of how my creativity changes over time with one fixed point. Acrylic paint, dimensions 22’x10′.


SEE TALK (2016)

(2016) Commissioned art mural, On The Boards, Seattle WA. 


Commissioned mural placed in the lobby of OtB for the duration of their 2016 season. Painted on a repurposed vinyl banner using rollers, brush and tape masking. Abstract characters, lines and geometry made up the design. Acrylic paint, dimensions 20′ by 9′.


Ibn Batouta Bald (2016)

(2016) Commissioned public art mural, Neighborhood of Ibn Batouta, Tangier Morocco.


Mural commissioned as a gift to the neighborhood community of Ibn Batouta. Painted with amazingly brilliant acrylic paint, I wanted to bring this paint back home. One coat light or dark would cover any other color. While painting here we experienced such completely generous, warm and welcoming people. Memories and friends were made, we can’t say thank you enough and hope to get back there again soon.


MBar (2016)

(2016) Commissioned art mural, Urban Artworks, Seattle WA.


One hundred sixty foot long mural painted in the hallway and interior leading to the rooftop restaurant. Working with the owners, a design was settled on that would help lead restaurant goers to their destination. Additionally, Mbar branded logo was painted using the same design motief.



The Summit (2016)

(2016) Mural


Painted in an apartment building that was for low income housing, this apartment building has since been demolished, replaced by fancy condominiums. As a sort of ceremony for the building before its demolition, myself and a large group of artists painted the inside apartments and halls, before having a weekend long show/celebration of the space. This mural was approximately 12’ x 8’, painted with acrylic and enamel paints, also incorporating acrylic block print.


Cerulean Dream (2015)

(2015) Mural Installation, with New Mystics collective


Paying honor to a space that housed a fellow artist for years. In its last days before demolition, we came together to paint the entire inside of this home. We worked in shifts over the course of a week. We chose the name Cerulean Dream because the area this home was located in is called the Central District or CD for short. Blue was the chosen color for this project. We used so much paint that it started to leak through the floorboards and seep into the space below this apartment. Photos highlight my contributions.


Cycle of Life (2015)

(2015) Commissioned public art mural. Sound Transit, Seattle WA


Commissioned by Sound Transit. This banner was initially created for the build site wall erected around the Capitol Hill Light Rail station. Many public works were commissioned to create a surround build site covering of visual art.  While this banner did see a little bit of time on the Capitol Hill (Red Wall), the bulk of time this acrylic painted banner was displayed has been at the University District (Gold Wall) , also a light rail station.
In an abstract sense this mural shows the interconnectedness of earth, animal, and sky.