Where studio work is a reflection of the street, murals and public art are a form of direct intervention in the urban landscape. They are statements of action over resignation and inaction. In the Eastside of Vancouver, where many of my murals are, the streets are settings greatly in need of images that reinforce a sense of community. Therefore, my projects have often been undertaken as Community Collaborations, fielding concepts and designs with other groups, or working directly with teams of artists, students and youth to make series of murals. Examples of these include Walls of Change and Community Walls/Community Voices, as well as school-based projects.
Many murals, due to the directness of medium and materials, are painted in accessible and inexpensive house paints on various surfaces, ranging from prepared canvases or plywood, to concrete and boarded-up building-fronts.
Unfortunately, there is a sense of endangerment to a lot of these projects, with the changing face of the city resulting in numerous murals being destroyed.