When I was hired as the mural artist for a giant artwork there was a lot to learn. I had a great cultural learning experience painting this mural on 97th street in the heart of Edmonton's Chinatown. It's titled "Ariose" after the harmony that the property owners were seeking to portray for that neighbourhood. The placated dragon is being calmed by a flute player, at the request of my clients who provided the vision for one of the first calm dragons in Chinese artwork I've ever seen. The nine koi fish shown over this entire mural symbolize prosperity, and the lotus flowers stand for purity.
Most of my projects don't have as much direct symbolism, so this was a unique artwork for me. Painting a traditional Chinese artwork as a non Chinese person was an honour, and involved new territory for me. My clients helped me with consutations to ensure the intended message was portrayed.
Collaborating with others brings unpredictability, challenge, and a push toward new ground for sharing the human experience.
I am available for freelance. Can't wait for the next exciting project! Could be yours?