Coast of Maine Mural at the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY
Commissioned by the Sciencenter, this mural offers a glimpse into the dynamic world both above and below the waters of the Atlantic Ocean along the coast of Maine. Drawing inspiration from the rugged beauty of Acadia National Park, the mural seamlessly connects the terrestrial and aquatic realms. Above the waterline, visitors are treated to a panoramic view of the iconic Maine coastline, where towering pines reach for the sky and granite cliffs jut dramatically towards the horizon. Below the waterline, a translucent window into the ocean's depths reveals a thriving underwater ecosystem. Vibrant schools of fish dart among swaying kelp forests, while a curious harbor seal observes the horseshoe crab activity in the touch tank. This mural, with its vivid details and immersive artistry, encapsulates the enchanting synergy of life that exists at the meeting point of land and sea, captivating the imagination of all who encounter it at the Sciencenter.
Playground Climbing Wall in Varna, NY
The Varna playground stands as a testament to the power of community collaboration, brought to life by dedicated volunteers who skillfully wove elements of local history and interests into its design. This mural was completed during the week-long construction and depicts the Monkey Run section of Fall Creek. The tranquil flow of the creek reveals a small pebble beach, while the "Cliffs of Ithaca" rise in the distance. Monkey Run Natural Area is part of the Cayuga Trail system that connects to the Cornell Botanical Gardens and is a popular hiking destination.
"What does Science mean to me?"
I am a biologist by day and an artist by night, so when the Sciencenter sought proposals for a series of mini murals with the theme "What does science mean to me?" I was delighted to participate. In science, I have found both the answers that reveal to me the world around us, and the path to more and better questions. As a parent of young children, what I treasure the most is their sense of wonder. The mural depicts an aquarium scene reminiscent of the aquatic animal exhibits found in the Sciencenter. Using some artistic license when it comes to the compatibility of fish in an aquarium, it contains a variety of tropical coral and fish, including angelfish, clownfish, tangs, butterflyfish and a more prominent lionfish. Painted in vibrant purples, blues, pinks and neon greens, the scene inside the aquarium dominates the foreground. In the background, seen through the aquarium, two boys are looking in with interest. Bubbles, reflections and distant distorted shapes add some interest to the texture of the painting. As a resident of Ithaca, I am grateful to the Sciencenter for engaging children’s curiosity and providing them with a gateway to the wondrous world of science.
"Clouds over Ithaca" at the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce
During the construction of its new headquarters, the Tompkins Chamber of Commerce engaged the services of various local artists to embellish the interior with murals that encapsulate the essence of the local landscape. This mural, adorning the conference room, is inspired by a photograph captured by an anonymous talented photographer known only by their Instagram handle @thisisIthaca. This particular mural offers a captivating aerial perspective of Ithaca, showcasing the city's unique topography and charm. The vibrant hues of the sunset, casting a warm and ethereal glow across the cloudscape, harmoniously juxtapose with the tranquil waters of Cayuga Lake, evoking a sense of timeless serenity and natural beauty.
Montgomery Park Climbing Wall Mural in Dryden, NY
The Montgomery Park playground in Dryden NY was recently constructed by community volunteers. Following the unfortunate irreparable damage sustained by the original climbing wall mural, I was honored to be entrusted with the creation of its replacement. This newly commissioned mural follows the road into town, capturing the familiarity of our local architecture and iconic structures set against the rolling hills of Dryden in the backdrop. It is with great reverence that this mural is dedicated to Mary, a cherished friend and esteemed community organizer, a passionate gardener whose legacy is commemorated through the vibrant butterfly garden adorning the foreground, symbolizing the enduring beauty of her spirit within the Dryden community.
Mezzanine Gallery Murals at the Sciencenter in Ithaca, NY
Returning to the Sciencenter, I had the privilege of contributing to the immersive experience of two live exhibit rooms, each designed to transport visitors into the captivating natural habitats of their inhabitants. Among these, the rainforest room holds a special place in my heart, representing a personal favorite among my mural projects. This vibrant mural brings to life the lush greenery of a thriving rainforest, with intricate depictions of winding lianas and the gentle play of dappled sunlight filtering through the leaves. It is now home to two charming residents, Bones and Tootie, who thrive in their new rainforest surroundings. In the adjacent iguana enclosure, I endeavored to capture the arid beauty of the cactus-studded cliffs of Hispaniola island, set against the backdrop of a distant, glistening turquoise ocean.