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Some business districts support murals on business walls; but some shop owners do that themselves!

RITA A. LEONARD - Elaine Printz painted this sixty-foot-long mural at 7304 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, to beautify a Westmoreland insurance office. Sellwood muralist Elaine Printz recently completed a sixty-foot-long panoramic mural facing the north-side parking lot of Westmoreland's State Farm Insurance office, at 7304 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue.

"Dimitri Kondos, owner of the business, wanted the wall to be beautified, and he financed the project," explained Printz. "Mr. Kondos asked for something to represent the neighborhood and Portland, and we arrived at this design together. He also has an artistic background, and we both like to support local businesses. The outdoor latex paint I used using here is from Sellwood's Miller Paint store. They gave us a good price on the colors."

Printz is both a muralist and painter. "Painting is my passion," she reveals. "This sloping wall ranges from ten to thirteen feet tall, and lends itself well to a riverside scene – the Willamette River, and part of a boundary wall. I painted the sky first, filling in with buildings and other details later on."

She continues, "The scene features many elements of Portland's skyline, including Union Station, the Fremont Bridge, and the downtown buildings. At the left side are images from our own neighborhood – the Sellwood Bridge, Oaks Amusement Park, and of course Dimitri's business here. In my career I've mostly painted indoor murals. This is my first outdoor painting, and it's been an exciting challenge." If you'd like to learn more about the artist and her work, go online – www.wallsbyelaine.com


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