Connecticut River Mural, CMH

This mural in the stairway of the Children's Museum at Holyoke was part of a museum-wide program of exhibits and activities called "Between the Canals." The configuration of the broad stairway naturally suggested to me the design of the mural: At the top of the staircase is the wall of an abandoned brick factory building, now the environment of many species of wildlife that have adapted to urban living. Beyond the wall, in the distance, is the Holyoke Dam. As you descend the staircase, you are led past wetlands along the shore and beneath the surface of the river. Each step down the stairs reveals another level of environmental habitats rich with wildlife. This mural took me about four months to paint and was completed in 2005.