A dear friend of mine passed away in 2003. ¬†She was my sister’s best friend since childhood, and they were college roommates. ¬†Ashley was a talented artist. ¬†After her funeral I told her parents that I wanted to honor her with a portrait. ¬†At the time I didn’t realize how difficult painting her would be. ¬†I attempted to work on the piece many times through out the years, but was never satisfied with my results. ¬†Something always seemed off. ¬†Feeling discouraged, I would put the painting away for months at a time. ¬†However, completing it was always on my mind, and doing an excellent job was very important to me. ¬†A few months ago,¬†an event sparked a surge of memories to motivate me to finish the portrait, and with the help of my fianc√©, Marcella’s advice, I was able to create¬†a piece I am very proud of.
After working with Alewya on her mural, I was able to paint the roll-gates of L’asso (corner of Mott and Kenmare Street).
I believe they rotate artists every couple months, so if you’re in NYC anytime before mid November this year,¬† head over to 192 Mott Street and check it out!¬† Roll-down gates mural is only available for viewing before 11 am and after 11 pm.
My fiance’s brother is a modeling agent and also works in NYC.¬† He hit me up a few weeks back to see if I would be interested in helping one of his model’s (who is also a talented artist) paint her first mural at a prime spot, L’asso Pizza, in the Nolita area of Manhattan.¬† The mural is in coordination with a solo art show Alewya has coming up September 2nd at the WOM Townhouse.
Here are some shots of the mural in progress.