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School Spirit

I thought in honor of that Back-to-School time of year and the onset of fall- a SPECTACULAR season to live in Virginia…. I’d highlight some of my previous school mural projects.

Most recently, I completed this Success Pyramid for Lakeridge Middle School in Lakeridge, VA. What an inspiring wall for all these young athletes!

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Next, is the cafeteria stage at Baldwin Elementary School in Manassas, VA.

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This was painted during the summer, so needless to say there was a lot going on- it was difficult to get a good picture!

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Here’s a close up of their logo:

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For Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn, VA, I painted their Stingray mascot to label the various areas in the hallway.

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The gymnasium mural at Sycolin Creek Elementary in Leesburg, VA proved a little more challenging due to the acoustic boards that surrounded the gym.

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For Congressional Schools of Virginia, I keep adding to the mural in the reception area. Here’s a before and after of the front desk area- showing the outside of the Early Childhood Program building.

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Lastly, I had the privilege of painting the Senior Cafe at Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, VA. It was a gift from the class of 2012. You can see from the before and after pictures- this added some much-needed color and excitement to the Senior-only area… afterall, they worked hard to be there!

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Broadway Dreams

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When Showcase Dance studio in Manassas approached me about doing a Broadway-themed mural for one of their dance studios, I was thrilled!

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The space was truly a ‘blank canvas’- a large wall about 9 ft high and 20 ft long. In order to get a good grasp on the concept, I printed out pictures of New York City and Broadway to help inspire my sketch.

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In order to give the mural a nightime feel with glowing lights, I started by painting the entire wall a midnight blue. Then, as I added the bright colors, it was like painting with flourescent lights!

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The final result was eye-popping and colorful- hopefully a great reminder to the aspiring dancers of where they can go!

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On Safari in Leesburg

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If you’re ever visiting Leesburg Sterling Family Practice on Riverside Parkway, you can see this adorable safari-themed waiting room for kids.

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The entire African landscape centers around a gigantic baobob tree and miles of grassy plains. A few staff members even contributed their personal photos for my inspiration.

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One of the reasons we decided on this theme, as opposed to others, is the way the colors already complimented the earthtones throughout the medical center. And the carpet pattern is perfect!

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Complete with elephants, zebras, giraffes and even a pesky warthog, this fun, engaging mural really brightens the space and I hope brings a smile to everyone waiting to see the doctor!

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80’s Arcade Mural

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When asked to paint a Pac-man themed mural for an arcade room, I jumped at the chance. Being a child of the 80’s myself, I’ve pumped my fair share of quarters into Pac-man machines growing up!

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I started with my wall painted flat black. And because the Pac-man game board is square in shape, I had to do some scaling ( using math! ) to make the grid fit on the wall while keeping it as large as possible.

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This design involved A LOT of measuring and leveling vertical and horizontal lines. The blue tape I used was instrumental in keeping everything evenly spaced.

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The result was a fun throwback-themed arcade room!

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