Murals

Public art has the power to energize spaces, inspire hearts and activate communities. Dynamic and intentional, Nicole's murals convey messages that transform the places we live, work and play.

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tradition is a part of us - humanity is all of us

Keep Swimming

ALONE WE CAN DO SO LITTLE. TOGETHER WE CAN DO SO MUCH.

Hold Your Light

We Rise by Lifting Others

LEGENDS

Eyes Open

Big Dogs

Kensington Row Bookshop

Fleurir

Crescent Gateway

Here We Grow

Tradition is a part of us - Humanity is All of Us

LOCATION
Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD

COMISSIONNED BY
Montgomery County Parks and Planning

PROJECT GOALS
This project was a tribute to the idea that we all smile in the same language. The mural celebrates our shared humanity in an area of Maryland known for its rich diversity. Nicole drew inspiration for the design from traditional, culturally celebrated dances representing a range of human emotions and experiences. We dance for many reasons, in many different styles, to many different beats, but each dance is a tribute to the heart that beats in the chest of the dancer. Nicole was also inspired by her son who has Down Syndrome and loves to dance. Despite the fact that his words can sometimes be difficult to understand, his humanity shines especially bright when he dances.

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Hold Your Light

LOCATION
Summit Avenue, Ken-Gar, MD

COMMISSIONED BY
The Town of Kensington, MD

PROJECT GOALS
This mural was commissioned by the Town of Kensington, MD in recognition of neighboring Ken-Gar, a tiny, close-knit neighborhood of strong souls, many of whom are descended from formerly enslaved people. The goal of the project was to convey both the warmth of their community as well as the incredible adversity, violence and neglect that they have suffered for decades. The mural title comes from one of the older African American spirituals traditionally sung call-and-response style. It signifies the perseverance of the human spirit through good and terrible times. Former and current residents used a glow-in-the-dark paint to "light" the lanterns on each of the buildings depicted in the mural. The mural serves as a call to hold a light to every person we meet, to really see one another's humanity and to treat each other with dignity and respect.

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LEGENDS

LOCATION
N Street, SE, Washington, DC
 
COMMISSIONED BY
Walter's Sports Bar and Restaurant, Nationals Stadium

PROJECT GOALS
The establishment's owner commissioned these murals in order to add texture and history to an epic-scale, new construction bar adjacent to two of Washington, DC's largest sports arenas. The project consists of seven "ghost" portraits and vintage-style advertisement murals of some baseball legends including Mamie Peanut Johnson, Vic Harris and Walter Johnson.

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eyes open

LOCATION
Frederick Ave, Kensington, MD

COMMISSIONED BY
The Town of Kensington Greenscape Committee

PROJECT GOALS
The goal of this project was to beautify an old streetscape and to direct foot-traffic into Kensington's newly renovated Clum-Kennedy Park. The mural concept was drawn from a line from the journal of one of the Town’s original residents, Ms. Bertha Clum. She wrote “Finding wildflowers is not all luck. You have to keep your eyes open.” Nicole was inspired by this sweet call to look out for the small, beautiful things in life: To search for the good and to treasure it.

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Kensington Row Bookshop

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LOCATION
Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD

COMMISSIONED BY
Kensington Row Bookshop

PROJECT GOALS
The client commissioned this mural on the exterior of her independent bookshop as a way of sharing the magic happening inside her shop with people passing on the street. Whimsical, colorful, growing book plants in terra-cotta pots and on balconies reminiscent of the owner's native Barcelona invite passerby's to pop in and explore.

fleurir

LOCATION
South Payne Street, Alexandria, VA

COMMISSIONED BY
Fleurir Chocolates

PROJECT GOALS
Nicole was commissioned to design elements for three of Fleurir Chocolate's locations. The goal of these projects was to visually extend the brand of a boutique chocolate shop by adding interest and whimsy in the form of two and three demential mural installations. The mural installations of trees included painted elements as well as three-dimensional elements such as tea cups, tennis balls and clothes pins. Nicole hand-painted counter fronts to add the vibe of a fresh, loose, modern bouquet to the store who's name translates to "to bloom" in French. Nicole also designed custom transfers for the shop's individual chocolates.

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Crescent Gateway

LOCATION
Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD

COMMISSIONED BY
Swatchroom Design

PROJECT GOALS
The goal of this project was to create a series of murals that would help establish a sense of place for an otherwise nondescript office complex. Nicole worked in collaboration with the design firm Swatchroom, using their established color palette and dimension requirements to design six vintage-style travel poster mural installations.

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Here we Grow

LOCATION
Fort Drive, NW, Washington, DC

COMMISSIONED BY
Alice Deal Middle School

PROJECT GOALS
This mural was commissioned as a "Welcome Back" message to school children after a long hiatus from in-person learning due to the COVID pandemic. Nicole worked with the administration and PTA to create a mural design that incorporated the school's motto, as well as the International Baccalaureate symbols that are important educational models for the community.

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Keep Swimming

LOCATION
Boiling Brook Parkway, Rockville, Maryland
 
COMMISSIONED BY
Promark Partners

        COLLABORATION
The Randolph Civic Association

PROJECT GOALS
The original goal of this project was to beautify an industrial stretch of roadway with a public artwork highlighting Maryland's only native Trout species, the Brook Trout. However, since the installation of the mural coincided with the outbreak of the COVID pandemic and subsequent MD state lockdown, the project evolved into a message of hope for brighter times downstream.

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ALONE WE CAN DO SO LITTLE. TOGETHER WE CAN DO SO MUch.

LOCATION
Connecticut Ave, NW Washington, DC 

COMMISSIONED BY
Calvert Woodley Fine Wines and Spirits 

         COLLABORATION
The Calvert Woodley "Family" 

PROJECT GOALS
This mural celebrates the power of family. CW is not only a Washington, DC institution and multigenerational shop, but also a business that truly cares for its employees and customers as family. In fact, many CW employees added their own mark to the wall as it was being painted. The mural celebrates the idea that a musician can dance to the beat of his own drummer, but music played in concert with others is magic, and that even the most beautiful beverage tastes better when raised with a friend.

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We Rise by Lifting Others

LOCATION
Montgomery Ave, Kensington, MD

COMMISSIONED BY
The Town of Kensington, MD

        COLLABORATION
The Jubilee Association of America, an organization that helps secure housing, employment and community supports for adults with developmental disabilities.

PROJECT GOALS
This beautification project is a celebration of the power of community to help individuals soar. Jubilee clients and friends of the organization participated in the painting process. The design, which features a moment in the monarch butterfly migration applauds the richness of communities that celebrate diversity through inclusion.

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Big Dogs AND SPIRIT GUIDES

LOCATION
North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC

COMMISSIONED BY
The Pub & The People

        COLLABORATION
MasPaz

PROJECT GOALS
The Pub commissioned this mural to add character and energy to a large blank exterior wall. Nicole and MasPaz collaborated on this project to paint a mural weaving their styles into a single dynamic design.

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COMMISSIONING A MURAL

is easier

than you think...

A FREE CONSULTATION IS SCHEDULED - Nicole meets you on-site to discuss ideas and goals for the project, as well as logistical concerns, desired completion date and any other considerations.

A DESIGN IS CREATED - Nicole pairs a consideration of the desired project impact with in depth research to create a unique design concept for you. The rendering will show you exactly how the mural will look in your space.

A TIMELINE & PROJECT DETAILS ARE ESTABLISHED - You & Nicole agree and sign on the when, where and how of the mural painting.

THE APPROVED DESIGN IS INSTALLED - Nicole paints your mural.

YOU & THE PUBLIC GET TO ENJOY YOUR NEW MURAL!

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