Finance and Thrift Mural Project
One of my current projects is a series of murals for the main office of Finance and Thrift in Porterville, California. Porterville is located in the San Joaquin Valley within a half an hour drive of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Sometimes called "the nation's salad bowl", the valley is a major agriculture center. The valley produces citrus, grapes, other fruits, different types of nuts, tomatoes and cotton as well as beef and dairy products. I wanted the project to be something the citizens of Porterville knew well, so in my initial sketches I focused on celebrating this rich farming tradition. In a meeting with the president of Finance and Thrift and other members of the community, we settled on a series of three murals featuring orange trees and groves with the Sierra Nevada mountains in the background. The image shown above is the first to be finished.
Shown here is the first mural to be finished. Ultimately, this will be the central image, with two more of the same size flanking it. Each mural is 10 feet tall by 12 feet wide.