Murals are popping up everywhere, it seems these days – although, unhappily, unwelcome graffiti appears to be maintaining a citywide lead over art so far.
But lately, Sellwood passers-by have been admiring a very wide two-part mural at shoelace level, along the front wall of a home between 9th and 10th Avenues on S.E. Umatilla Street – flanking the front steps. It is the work of Portland artist Brenda Goddard-Laurence, and features a variety of Portland-oriented images – including an osprey, a profile of Mt. Hood, and a squirrel drinking from an acorn cup.
Goddard-Laurence specializes in mural designs and fine painting. With nearly 20 years' experience as a digital illustrator for Disney Consumer Products, she's a seasoned professional. She tells THE BEE that she loves to collaborate with clients to deliver high quality art with heart and soul. "Art is a relationship between the artist and the viewer, with art as the uniting force," she explains.
The Sellwood mural progresses along the sidewalk with images of an owl in a blooming tree, the stylized image of Ursa Major, salmon, a cat, a bald eagle, honeybee, and a dog riding a bicycle. Blackberries are scattered along the bottom of the painting, underneath an image of a jogger and Sasquatch.Goddard-Laurence can be reached at 1-650/303-8113. See more of her work online – www.brendagoddarddesigns.com/murals
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