Pop Art and a love for all things modern always equals a beautiful, vivid result.
Pop’s reintroduction of identifiable imagery (drawn from mass media and popular culture) was a major shift in the direction of modernism. The subject matter became far from traditional “high art” themes of morality, mythology, and classic history. Perhaps owing to the incorporation of commercial images, Pop Art is known for being popular, transient, expendable, low-cost, mass-produced, young, witty, sexy, gimmicky, glamorous and big business. With this emphasis in mind, I became inspired me to earn my BFA at the University of Arizona to help celebrate commonplace objects and people of everyday life; in this way I am humbly seeking to continue the legacy of elevating popular culture to the level of fine art.
Lets face it, when you visit a museum, the pop art section is pure fun after looking at all of the carnage, rape, war, beheadings etc in the old masters section and the sorrowful commentary of modern society in the contemporary art section. The pop art displays are pure, unadulterated fun. Pop Art is approachable, it has no hidden meanings to decipher and it also has a sense of humor.
Newspapers, magazines, and highway billboards are saturated with a kind of visual immediacy that often captures the transience of atmosphere using shadows and light as an emphasis. Using photography as a basis, I create paintings and illustrations based on this beautiful union; I am often inspired by a sense of timelessness only a photograph can reveal. Modernism and the aesthetic values of pop art echo into my process as I believe art may borrow from any source. Sometimes my work illustrates repetition to convey a sense of movement by design. This process indicates vividity of contrasts, colors and structure, allowing the image to evoke a sense of unity, coherence and continuity, rhythm, harmony and overall organization. Repetition is encoded in the very DNA of my art creating process- practice makes perfect.
My paintings are usually a blend of acrylic paint with applications of oil and pastel; sometimes I incorporate collage elements if I have the necessary mixed media elements. For my illustrations, I use ink and charcoal for a very industrial look and if it needs further development, I blend acrylic with charcoal.
Whether you're wanting a mural for a home or a business, creating your mural is an incredible opportunity to help bring your vision to life. Mural pricing is determined by the following:
Square footage and interior/exterior location
Cost of paint and materials
Intricacy of the designs
The average cost for most murals range from $10-$40 per square foot with a minimum of $1000. Mural pricing includes all materials needed, but additional fees may apply if large equipment is needed. Pricing varies depending on many factors including surface material, design time, travel fees and working conditions. Here is wow to measure your square footage- measure the length and height of your wall then multiply both numbers. That number is your square footage. Multiply your square footage by the cost per square foot. A standard 1/2 deposit is required to start the mural commission and it is nonrefundable. I can cater to most budgets so give me a call to discuss your project in more detail. 520.870.4301
The initial quote and consultation is always free. We will discuss the mural project, your budget and design ideas so I can give you a better idea of the cost and schedule. It’s always extremely helpful if you can shown me some design ideas, inspiration and/or rough sketches so I can better understand your vision.
Art making is such an inclusive affair. It is perhaps the one facet of our society that is never exclusive; everyone can create and everyone has a point of view in terms of how they viscerally respond to art. The universality of creativity is what connects us all as fellow wanderers of this amazing world and I thank you for viewing a sampling of my portfolio. My Instagram and Facebook are provided and if ever you're wanting to commission a portrait or if you're needing any aesthetic advice on a project, I look forward to you reaching out!
Northern Arizona University (BA)
University of Arizona (BFA)
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