Art Was My Destiny
I have been (and will be) an artist all my life. It is in my blood and genes. With a grandfather that was a noted sculpture and art professor in Iowa and New York City, I knew from a very early age that it was inevitable that I would be an artist in some kind. I have worked with many different materials, including pen and ink, water color, acrylic, ceramics, fabric, and computers. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Design from UCLA, and then went on to spend 25 years in graphic design for advertising and marketing, specializing in logo design and corporate identity for some large companies, including Domino’s Pizza, Life Fitness and the Legend Group.
Opportunity Comes Knocking in Strange Ways
But in 2007, the chalk bug bit me, and bit me hard. I began street painting as a fun activity to do with my two talented daughters. We discovered we loved it, and were really good at it. After a couple of years, I started to receive offers to do street painting for special events, and I realized this could possibly be a way to make a living. In 2009, I was laid off from my full time graphic design position due to the tanking economy. I took the opportunity to begin my business as a full time special event street painter/chalk artist. After working up a business plan, creating a website, and utilizing all my marketing talents, I started Amazing Street Painting. I have won many awards for my unique style of chalking, and now travel all over the United States and the world to create these custom pieces of art. In 2011, I received my Maestro Certification from the Florida Chalk Artists Association, which certifies that I am a full fledged master of chalk art.
The Hands of An Angel
I have never done the same piece twice. I like to stretch myself by trying many different styles, including the reproductions of everything from traditional Italian masterpieces to American Masters like Rockwell and Leyendecker, 3D animorphic art, custom advertising pieces and interactive art. Every surface is different and presents it’s own challenges. I enjoy the interaction with the crowd and sharing this art form with all ages. It is a completely different experience than painting alone in a studio. When asked if I am sad that it won’t last, I respond that compared to a piece hanging in a gallery or home, which is seen by very few people, I can reach a much larger and broader audience with my street art. I was told I have the “hands of an angel” and have touched many people with the beauty and emotion the art evokes. It lives on not only in the memories of the people I’ve touched, but also in photos that they take and share, and takes on a life of it’s own.