Harvest murals: South and North walls, 1991, and Harvest Express, 1992
I began these murals in January 1991 while working as a waiter at the Harvest Restaurant. The mural on the south wall explored ‘wide-angle view’ VS. ‘macro view’, contrasting circular close-ups of natural scenes with the larger panorama, which was a view of Boulder’s Front Range from Marshall Mesa. Every image for this mural was done on location, so I was working only from drawings, no photographs. I worked in the early mornings before my shift began, and was paid in food. In the mural on the North Wall, I further explored the theme of macro/micro by contrasting a view of a canyon in New Mexico, where I had grown up, with close-up renderings of different pine-cones: Juniper, Engelmann Spruce, and Ponderosa Pine. Finally, I also painted a mural with three different landscapes on the walls of the Harvest Express, which is on Pearl St. Mall and now housing Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Note: All three of the Harvest Murals were destroyed when the businesses changed hands. Photos of the South and North wall murals by Dona Laurita.