Morgan's Mural Blog

May 27, 2017

For the last 20 years or so, the town I live in has not invested in art. It baffled me. I witness the huge impact art makes on a space, on the people who enjoy that space, every day that I go to work. I live and breathe art transformations. I didn’t understand why anyone wouldn't want that for our community.

But when my current client, Manuel Martinez and owner of La Viga restaurant, said, “It’s like getting a tattoo on my business” I had an epiphany: public art is like trying to get a whole city to agree on what kind of tattoo they want. No wonder consensus over public art is elusive!

Apr 30, 2017
Peace in our World, Oak Elementary School, 2017

I have been asked several times, "How did I come up with the design for this mural?"

The Oak principal and PTA approached me because they wanted to create a work of art that would celebrate the international community at the school. Specifically, they wanted to include a map of the world in the artwork, since they already had a map of the United States painted on their playground.

The map concept was a struggle for me, because a world map resonates with the literal, analytical side of my brain...

Mar 29, 2017

I just signed up to give a talk about my life as an artist at the career center at my son’s high school. In general, I think parents are cautious in their support of their children pursuing careers in the arts. Here are three reasons why I encourage students to pursue careers in the arts.

1. You want to.

If we are innately curious, mysteriously compelled or some flavor of passionate about something we are more likely to stick with it through the long, rough slog it takes to be successful at it. There is plenty of research on this. Activities that feel like play are the things we will happily choose to engage with over and over again...

Feb 28, 2017
"Strange Bird", Minted Headquarters, San Francisco. Design by Katja Ollendorf


Mural artist Chiara Spataro flew from Italy to come paint this Strange Bird mural with me on the front of the Minted building in downtown San Francisco. During her three week stay, we had a total of four days dry enough to paint. At the very least she returned home well rested.

The "Strange Bird" mural pictured above was designed by San Francisco based artist Katja Ollendorf, winner of the annual mural design competition for Minted featured artists...

Jan 27, 2017
Cranes on Gold Leaf, Pabu Restaurant, Boston, MA

When I read that President Obama spent his last day in office painting a mural with his family at a homeless shelter in DC, it hit home for me: Mural art is enjoying a huge renaissance.

For most of the past fifteen years that I have been painting murals, they have been, honestly, terribly out of fashion. I experienced firsthand the transformation they could offer a room or public space, but I was swimming in a very small stream of interested clients. (May God bless each and every one of them.) Most of my work was children's rooms and schools. Unless you hitched your business identity to themed mural art like Fry's or Trader Joes (I painted murals for both) you would definitely stay within the safe confines of framed art and clean beige exterior walls...

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