Paintings of Imagined Spaces & Mis-Remembered Places
CATA Bus Mural
Pittsburgh Airport Mural - Gate B27
A reproduction mural of my painting “A Life of Respectable Obscurity.”
Stripdistrict Railroad or Trolley Car line being built
This mural in the Pennsylvania Market was based on a picture in the Pittsburgh Historical Society registry and shows either a Railroad or a Trolley car line being built on Penn Ave by 11th St in 1909. While this was an acrylic painting I did a lot of transparent layering of colors like I would do in a watercolor to build up depth and vibrancy of color.
Horse detail #1
The first day the Amish (who were also working on site) saw this mural they said "Watch the horses" to the younger boys. I'd like to think that is true, that they for a second thought that there were horses here.
Percheron's before Fruits and Vegetable (2016)
This mural is in the Pennsylvania Market courtyard in the Strip district in Pittsburgh, PA. It is based off of a photo from the historical society archives of Pittsburgh from around 1900. The Percheron's are life sized at around 16.2 hands tall.
Detail shots of horses
The photograph this life-sized mural was based on was very blurry and indistinct. I couldn't see any details of the horses at all and had to make them up. I used to own horses so I had a pretty good idea how to make their faces look life-like (but a good reference would have been better!). For the harness details I was fortunate to be working by some Amish who brought me in parts of a harness setup to work from.
Strangers in a Strange Land
This mural is part of the Sidewall Mural project, a rotating monthly mural exhibit. It is on exhibit January 2016 in Bloomfield.
Strangers in a Strange Land
This mural is based on an old photograph from my hometown of Mercer PA. I don't know who the people were but the narrative I made up was that they are a family recently arrived (to visit, to live?), we don't know who they are, why they came or any other details but we know this moment is an important transition.
This mural is smaller, only 4'x8' and will be on exhibit this summer with some of the other Sidewall murals.
Finished Mercer Train Station Mural
This mural is on 140 S. Diamond St. Mercer PA and is of the old Mercer Railroad Station. Nicole Renee Ryan was commissioned by the town to paint the mural, completing her work in September of 2015. She painted directly onto the wall with fluid acrylic paint and loved (most) every minute of it.
Mercer Mural - Mercer PA closeup
This mural is on 140 S. Diamond St. Mercer PA and is of the old Mercer Railroad Station. Artist Nicole Renee Ryan was commissioned by the town to paint the mural, completing her work in September 2015. She painted directly onto the wall with fluid acrylic paint and loved (most) every minute of it.