Morgan’s Top 18 of 2018

By Morgan Bricca December 30, 2018

A list, in no particular order, of what I am proud of this year. I am weaving together work and life and art milestones because it is all one continuous inhale and exhale to me.

1. Running my first Kickstarter campaign. We raised $9500 in 4 days to fund painting a bus for Siena Youth Center in an economically challenged neighborhood on Redwood City. These kids can now go on field trips and nature adventures, and in style.

2. My dad was a major donor to the fundraising effort, and his campaign award was a portrait with wife, Terry. These two people mean the world to me, and I loved painting them.

3. I started a podcast If These Walls Could Talk to connect and support the mural art community in the bay area.

4. I was awarded the biggest commission of my career with the City of San Jose, a 160’ long wall that will face a community park. I am looking forward to painting that in 2019.

5. I was invited to be a teaching assistant for a meditation retreat at Esalen, in Big Sur with my teacher, Roma Hammel. This was the equivalent of a paid vacation, which is a rare diamond for a soloprenuer.

6.  I incorporated Rumi quotes into my art for the first time, on a series of utility boxes in Fontana Park in San Jose. I love Rumi. I would be happy just to paint Rumi quotes from here on out.

7.  I was featured on primetime TV on NBC as part of a “Bay Area Proud” series, a 5 minute, weekly segment at 5 pm that highlights a positive story in the community. I’m grateful I made that time slot over any other. If I was on the 6 o’clock news, it would have been a different kind of story.

8. I loved painting murals for lululemon, with more in the pipeline. The culture of lululemon is, honestly, awesomely pro-female. They support local art through their stores, and they make great stuff. I loved my “hikes as research” and writing ‘Breathe Deeply’ across this piece, a public service reminder for busy shoppers.

9.  I went for a retro challenge and channeled Michelangelo’s stamina for a series of ceiling paintings, complete with chubby putti and naked ladies.

10.  I learned how to spray paint. I tested out different effects to get a soft, “blurred photograph” feel for the background on a series of 20 bird murals on utility boxes in Pleasanton, CA. I still prefer my brushes, but I’m also glad to have another tool in my toolbox.

11.  I painted my first glitter mural (with a “selfie moment”) for a middle school in Los Altos, co-designed with the students.

12. I painted a mural for a friend who has been struggling with a rare and debilitating form of cancer for 8 years. Lisa spends significant chunks of her day in bed. She shared with me last week how much having the murals in her room has meant for her. It touched me deeply and reinforced to me the impact art can have in our lives. Murals are not just for kids.

13. Painting my teenagers, Lucas and Allie. Only six months later and these paintings look dated. They are growing up so fast.

14. I took a road trip up to Vancouver with Lucas, during which I painted my van. This has led to requests to paint other people’s cars, which I am having fun with.

15. Painting my driveway. Coming home is more fun than ever.

16. Getting stuck on a roof. That’s an entertaining story I can beat to death at dinner parties for years to come.

17. My guiding quote this year, that hangs above my desk:

18.  My support system. The neighbor who walks my dog. My friend who randomly brings me soup, offers to pick up my kid, joins me on a hike. I might just hide in bed all day without the many people who offer so much kindness and support. I am able to do what I do what I do because of the people in my life. I am grateful. With all my ambitious plans for 2019, I am going to need every bowl of hot soup I am offered.

Thank you for being part of my year. I wish you many big blessings for 2019.

With love,

 

 

 

Morgan Bricca

Morgan Bricca

Morgan Bricca is a mural artist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her clients run the gamut from professional creatives, including architects and designers to building owners, school administrators and community advocates. When she is not making art, Morgan enjoys sipping boba tea with her kids and taking naps on the couch.

WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING

Our entire staff enthusiastically appreciates the artistic transformation of our clinic. The kids here for medical services LOVE the murals as well. One of our young patients returned from emergency psychiatric services for a self-harm issue and when she came into our office she had a huge smile upon seeing the mural. It is amazing to all of us how immediately a depressed patient responded to the mural art.

It has been a pleasure to work with you. We love both your work and the positive environment and spirit you have instilled in our kids.  Once again Morgan, thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart.

Warm regards,

Chia-Chen Lee
Juvenile Hall Medical Clinic Pediatrics

Review for Juvenile Hall Mural Project by Chia-Chen Lee

Morgan blew it out of the water.  As a general contractor, I would say my decision to hire Morgan for this mural is one of the best decisions I have made in terms of impact of my work.  Every kid will remember this mural as long as he or she shall live. Watching a child see the mural for the first time is an experience words can’t describe. It’s mesmerizing to them. Adults too, for that matter. It’s a show stopper.  So much better than I could have ever imagined.

I would go out of my very busy way to recommend Ms. Morgan Bricca on every possible level, with no hesitation. Please feel free to call me if you are considering hiring Morgan but can’t quite take the leap. I will be glad to push you in.

Chris Carver
Aquatic Management Group
Raleigh, North Carolina

Mural artist review by Chris Carver

Morgan offers a unique collaborative approach with her clients. On our project, she struck the perfect balance; she listened to our ideas and feedback but very much maintained her role as the creative expert, making us feel comfortable the entire time.

I would absolutely recommend Morgan with no hesitation. With all that she has done, she is going to find the right approach for just about any client.

Jonathan Meyer
VP, Marketing and Community Relations
San Mateo Credit Union

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We absolutely love our mural! I anticipated that it would add beauty and a much-needed “nature element” onto our campus, I never could have imagined what a huge impact this would have on our school. I have seen countless children, parents, and teachers walk by in awe, totally captivated. Not only does it make our campus a brighter, more beautiful place to learn and play, it reminds our entire community of the tremendous importance of art. This is a gift beyond measure, especially in tech-obsessed silicon valley. Once again, you have exceeded my (already high) expectations!

You are so fun, inspiring and professional to work with and your projects in our kinder yard and now this mural have been my most satisfying collaborations on PTA.

Warmly,

Christy Flahavan
PTA President
Springer Elementary School

Mural Artist Review for Springer Elementary School by Christy Flahavan

The real value and pleasure of working with Morgan was that we connected with her. She was very personable, very sincere, very collaborative, but not one to sit back and let us lead it in a wrong direction. We trusted her completely from the past work she had done for us, and told her, “here is a wall, do something with it – surprise us.” It’s like dealing with a friend.

The murals she has created for us make our home more intimate, warm, and personal. I was surprised at how quickly she worked, how easily it got done, and how watching the process was enlightening. It just flowed; it was like watching a very large masterpiece being created before our very eyes. It was especially interesting when she got into the tonality and the tints. For us, it turned out better than we could have expected. I absolutely recommend her without a doubt.

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Morgan, the mural you created for our building has been a major attraction for both locals and visitors in Downtown Napa. The transformation of an eye sore, to a work of art, has been nothing short of amazing. I feel a little guilty receiving so many compliments for your work, however that doesn’t stop me from stealing part of your credit. Your attention to detail and sensitivity, bringing the Wappo tribe into the process, unified Napa’s residents with its history. This public recognition of the Wappo Indians is long overdue, reminding us all of a different time in the Napa Valley when nature and people could live harmoniously.

Every day, as I watch children and adults transported to an earlier time in the Napa Valley, I appreciate your ability to be the vehicle for their journey. I hope soon you will return to sprinkle some more fairy dust on another wall, so I can watch your magic talented creations at work.

Thank You,
Michael L Holcomb

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Hi Morgan,

We had an end of the school year party at our house and everyone raved about your mural. I see your name and date, 2012, on it and can’t believe it was 4 years ago.

Just wanted you to know it brings me joy every day.

Warmest,
Josh Weinstock

Mural Artist Review by Josh Weinstock

I have worked with Morgan on five mural projects at our house over the past six years. I love her work and she is a pleasure to work with. Once you see how transformed your space is by the first mural, it is easy to start seeing other rooms that could benefit from a “Morgan”.

Susan Wojicki
CEO, YouTube

Mural Painter Review by Susan Wojicki

Morgan’s work is exquisite. She loves what she does, works extremely fast, and is a true pleasure to work with.

David DaPonte
Architect, HKS

Mural Painter Review by David DaPonte

Without fail, anytime someone comes to our house who hasn’t seen the painting, they comment on it and how much they like it.

Adam King
Director, Intel Corporation

 

Mural Painter Review by Adam King