Resumé

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

PERSPECTIVE

I’m a San José native. Years ago, I represented San José in national pageants for college scholarships. I gained my skills in San José as a child. I am so fortunate to build and continue my career here as well. San José is my pride. It is my favorite motif; San José’s microcultures along with bold color. Because of my passion, I seek opportunities that either provide for or speak for Communities. These are the projects that excite me. When projects can coordinate with media, their impact is greater. In the Silicon Valley, we should be taking advantage of our technology and our tech partners.

EXPERIENCE

I’ve painted murals full-time for 8 years. I was lucky enough to sell murals to public schools that face graffiti. I saw what a little art does for a public space. The Falafel’s Drive In gave me the first commercial opportunity. After respected administrators and superintendents told me how much the Community valued the Art, I realized the responsibility artists have in easing Community tensions. I began coming to Arts Commission meetings and educating myself on the process, funding, opportunities and opinions on investments made by the Arts Commission. I see murals as the cost effective art installation which also can hold serious meaning in a historical yet modern City like ours. I have had and will continue to pursue public art murals with the City of San José. I continue to seek clients who can and want to do for the Community. With Eastridge Mall, I turned a loitering and graffiti hotspot into a hall of color to engage with through social media.

INTEREST

Public Art Murals can address blight but murals can also effectively communicate shared values. I want to create Art with real function beyond beautifying. I’d like to see San José put Public Art and us, its creative professionals, to work. That is the only way artists will survive San José’s housing climate. Public Art murals can calm traffic. Public Art can drive down maintenance costs. Public Art can create tourism. Public Art murals can connect the City of San José throughout its diverse microcultures and unique histories.

COMMUNITY APPROACH

In order to create Community murals, I collaborate with the associations, councilmembers, stakeholders and pedestrians. Collaboration is a privilege, not a challenge. I want to speak for Communities. Hearing them is most important in that effort. Leaving a positive mark is the only goal both professionally and personally. I prefer collaborating first and designing second, with room for suggestion and growth throughout.

For historical projects, the geek in me likes to do the research. I find first person, modern accounts to properly portray the story with sensitivity. I research with History San José so I can create an authentic, balanced interpretation. I investigate existing buildings and physical evidence for inspiration. I appreciate old maps and often start with the names on a map. My hope is to someday pair the art with the history through media and technology.

 

VISUAL ARTIST RESUME

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Gemellos Murals, San José , California
Owner, Artist Full-time January 2009-Present

• Manages all aspects of Gemellos Murals, sales, legal and execution

Goals:
• Find clients that would gain more from a single investment into Mural Art than marketing or building costs
• Listen to clients
• Deliver on mockups and contracts
• Create happy clients, artwork you’re proud of and grow

WORLD COIN JEWELRY, 2014-2015
Part-time
• Create beautiful Jewelry from genuine Coins and semi-precious stones from around the world
• Sell online, private shows and public festivals

Drawing on shoes in Starbucks

NO PARADIGM DESIGNS, 2005-2015
Part-time
• Found Object Art created on Shoes, Purses, Backpacks and Furniture
• Sell online, private shows and public festivals with grassroots café marketing platform

 

 

PRIOR EXPERIENCE TO VISUAL ARTIST

Mid-Pen Housing via Accountemps April-November 2010
Data Entry Specialist, 6 month contract, offered permanent position
• Inputted Compliance data for Sec 8 & subsidized housings, coordinated with Housing Agencies
• Created forecasts and rent schedules based on trends and new regulations
• Tracked Property Management Expenses – often finding minor maintenance issues costing thousands of dollars annually through forensic expense trending
• On-Site residence tax reviews, Waitlist Monitoring & Compliance

RFI Enterprises October 2009-March 2010
Contract Coordinator
• Coordinated new contracts, entered purchase orders & billing data
• Coordinated subcontracts
• Updated systems, often stepping up to help others

JP DiNapoli Companies June 2004- October 2009
Filing clerk to Construction Coordinator, CIT
• Started filing while attending classes
• hired on to file & light accounting input•
• Responsibilities grew to Property Management and year end roll-over
• Coordinated construction contracts & acquisitions of real property, signing off on completion and release of liens, and preparing documents for & being at public hearings

EDUCATION
University of California, Riverside ‘07, oil painting *did not complete due to illness
Construction Industry Technician Certificate, Clemson University via San Jose Builders’ Guild ’06

Awards:
Belle Foundation Grant, 2015
*college scholarships in 2003

REFERENCES
Dr. Sappathan, (408) 274-9099
Dr. Navarro DDS, Associates 408 258-5244
Drs. Kais & Aljouni, DDS, Arbor Dental 408-270-2273
Michael Mulcahy, SDS Nexgen (408) 298-4264
Superintendent Kathy Gomez, Evergreen Elementary School District 408-270-6800

BODY OF WORK

SOLE ARTIST ON ALL PROJECTS

VRISSI
o Greek Fountain Mural and 4 stage backdrops, May 2001, Play performed in Rethimnon, Crete, Greece July 2001, 824 sq. ft., acrylic on canvas

SUNNY BREAKFAST NOOK
Sun centered on Light fixture, March 2004, 49 Norton Ave, San Jose, CA 95126, 225 sq. ft., interior acrylic

REPAIRS AND RESTORATIONS
Vintage Wallpaper and wall blemish repairs for County of Santa Clara and JP DiNapoli Companies, September 2009, various locations, less than 1 sq. ft., epoxy, acrylics, and various texturing patches for repair

FAUX ADOBE RESIDENTIALS
o Home Improvement and Small Jobs on the side June 2010-June 2011, private residences, interior matte acrylics, 200-800 sq. ft. per, semi-gloss glaze and pastel chalks

CHABOYA PHASE 1
o Chaboya Middle School Labeling Project (11 murals) June-September 2011, 3276 Cortona Drive, San Jose, CA 95138, 1,728 sq. ft., acrylics *Did not seal, reflected in price

SOMETHING SAN JOSE
o Falafel’s Drive In, November 2011-April 2012, 2301 Stevens Creek Boulevard, San Jose, 95128, 5000+ sq. ft., various acrylics

ACCENTS
o Home and Small School Jobs June 2012-June 2013, KR Smith Elementary, Evergreen Elementary, private residences, 100-300 sq. ft., various acrylics

MONTGOMERY COURTYARD
o Montgomery Elementary School Phase I (3 murals) June -August 2013, 2010 Daniel Maloney Dr, San Jose, CA 95121, 270 sq. ft., exterior matte and acrylics *Did not seal, reflected in price

CHABOYA PHASE 2
o Chaboya Middle School Gym Murals, (3 murals) June-August 2013, 3276 Cortona Drive, San Jose, CA 95138, 140 sq. ft., exterior matte and acrylics *Did not seal, reflected in price

SBIA IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
o Classroom Murals and Prayer Calligraphy Vinyls, (4 installs, 1 mural) September 2013, 325 N 3rd St, San Jose, CA 95112, vinyl applique and interior semigloss

BRACE SIMPSON
o Santa Cruz Orthodontics Signage October 2013, 930 Mission St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 128 sq. ft., exterior acrylics

EXAM ROOMS I
o Aasha’s Pediatrics Phase I November – December 2013, 1569 Lexann Ave #230, San Jose, CA 95121, 1500 sq. ft., interior acrylics

SMALL JOBS
o Lobbies and Exam Rooms, January-March 2014, Private businesses, 100-400 sq. ft., various acrylics

SHAVED ICE
o Shaved Hawaiian Ice Murals (4) May-June 2014, 1597 Meridian Ave E, San Jose, CA 95125, 450 sq. ft., interior acrylics

COURTYARD COMPLETION & BALL WALLS
o Montgomery Phase II & Ball Walls (5 murals) June-August 2015, 2010 Daniel Maloney Dr, San Jose, CA 95121, 1080 sq. ft., exterior matte and acrylics *Did not seal, reflected in price

GIRLS LOCKER ROOM
Chaboya Girl’s Locker Room, August 2015, 3276 Cortona Dr., San Jose, CA 95138, 150 sq. ft., interior acrylic *Did not seal, reflected in price

UNDERWATER DENTIST OFFICE
o Dr. Navarro’s Smile Dentistry November 2015, 750 N Capitol Ave #C, San Jose, CA 95133, 180 sq. ft., interior matte acrylics *Did not prime walls, reflected in price

STUDENT BODY SPEAKS
o Laurelwood Ball Wall April-June 2016, 4280 Partridge Dr, San Jose, CA 95121, 500 sq. ft., exterior acrylics *Did not seal, reflected in price

RED WHITE AND ROSE BIKE
o Peet’s Coffee, Exhibition District & ABA, Bike, June 2016, 1295 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126, 30 sq. ft., exterior acrylics *Did not seal, reflected in price

MATH’S COMMON CORE FUNCTION
o Chaboya Middle School Coordinate Planes (2 murals) July 2016, 3276 Cortona Drive, San Jose, CA 95138, 320 sq. ft., exterior matte, acrylics and industrial spray

EXAM ROOMS II
o Aasha’s Pediatrics Phase II (9 murals, varying sizes) July-August 2016, 1569 Lexann Ave #230, San Jose, CA 95121, 810 sq. ft., interior acrylics *Did not prime walls, reflected in price

LIFE IN WILLOW GLEN, #lifeinwillowglen
o Willow Glen Business Association, September-November 2016, 1133 Lincoln Ave, San Jose, CA 95125, 900 sq. ft., exterior acrylics and mural sprays

VENDROME BOX AND CRITTER BOX
o City of San Jose Artboxes, 2017, approximately 50 sq. ft. each, various acrylics *Did not seal, reflected in price

SAN JOSE LOVE PHOTO MURALS, #heartofsiliconvalley, #valleyofheartsdelight, #sanjoseskyline, #heartofsanjose
o Eastridge Mall Murals (4 murals) March-April 2017, 20 day execution, 2200 Eastridge Mall Loop, San Jose, CA 95121, 2,500 sq. ft., exterior acrylics and mural sprays *Did not seal, reflected in price

Upcoming Projects:
San Jose Earthquakes, Japantown JULY 2017
Santana Row AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2017
Almaden Expressway with Rotary SEPTEMBER 2017
Burrito Factory, Blossom Hill SEPTEMBER 2017…