2023 Operation Project Hope

I had an amazing time spreading color and inspiration throughout the halls of Durfee Elementary School in Pico Rivera yesterday, one mural at a time. Thank you to my awesome assistant Jamie for her help and the Operation Project Hope volunteers. Happy Earth Day and School Beautification!

Mural Progress
Progress shot of Marvel mural.
DC kids mural
DC kids mural finished!
Marvel kids mural
Marvel kids mural finished.

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2022 Pasadena Chalk Festival

One of the most iconic and beautiful work of art is the old Panther Lady painting that once hung inside Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. Sometime between 2003-2004, the painting was removed and replaced. I miss the Panther Lady! Inspired by this spectral masterpiece, I embarked to recreate my own version of the Panther Lady in chalk at this year’s Pasadena Chalk Festival.


Panther Lady
Sketching the outline, ensuring every stroke conveys the spirit of the original painting.


Panther Lady
Layer by layer, I’ll start applying chalk and aim to capture the beauty of the original masterpiece.


Panther Lady
My Panther Lady is gradually emerging from the pavement!


Panther Lady
Recreating the Panther Lady is a heartfelt tribute to the timeless allure of Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion and an opportunity to honor the artistry that has captivated generations, ensuring that the spirit and charm lives on.


Panther Lady
May the Panther Lady’s haunting presence forever linger in the memories of those who gazed upon her, continuing to enchant and inspire for years to come!


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2022 Latino Comics Expo

Yesterday I chalked at the Latino Comics Expo’s 10th Anniversary, which took place at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA. I collaborated with three artists, and we chalked a square which was 11′ x 17′. The original art in our chalk square was designed by illustrator Rhode Montijo. We had a blast!

LCX Chalk Art
This is is the main figure, we were about halfway done when we took this picture.
LCX Chalk Art
A long shot of the square, we are three-quarters of the way done at this point.
LCX Chalk Art
We are almost finished here!
LCX Chalk Art
Our finished chalk square! Pictured from left to right is Bobby Hernandez (LCX Organizer), Myself, Rhode Montijo (one of the best illustrators ever, this original art was designed by him), Chalk Artist Krista Parada and Chalk Artist Monica Thaller. Our fourth artist collaborator was Gloria Ing (not pictured). We had a blast doing this square!

2021 Port Hueneme Chalk Festival

Have you ever heard of the Port Hueneme Beach Festival? This year they decided to add a chalk festival and it was AWESOME! After being in quarantine for so long and missing the beautiful ocean for so long, I was very happy to have been invited to participate.

Mermaid Chalk Square
I chose to chalk a mermaid since I was at the beach.
Mermaid Chalk Square
Almost there, just need to add a background texture to my coral and seaweed.
Mermaid Chalk Square
Finished! This was my finished 10’x10′ square.
Mermaid Chalk Square
This is a photo that my friend Sharyn R Chan took when the sun went down.
Sand Castle at Port Hueneme
After chalking, I walked on the beach and enjoyed looking at sandcastles…
Sand pyramid and alligator at Port Hueneme Beach
Alligators, pyramids, and…
Sand Sea Monsters at Port Hueneme Beach
sea monsters!

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Daly City Chalk Festival

Last weekend I participated in the Daly City Chalk Festival, up in the bay area. It was a family event so I chalked Mario and Yoshi from the Super Mario Galaxy Nintendo game. How fun was that?

Mario Galaxy chalk art
And so it begins! First I did a quick sketch and started with Mario.
Mario Galaxy chalk art
Lumas are star-like creatures that have a tear drop-like shape and come in many colors.
Mario Galaxy chalk art
More progress on Mario, the most recognizable Italian video game character.
Mario Galaxy chalk art
Moving on to Yoshi.
Mario Galaxy chalk art
Yoshi is a recurring character in the Mario franchise and has gone on to star in his own games.
Mario Galaxy chalk art
Finito! (Pretend that was Mario’s voice who said that!)

Time-lapse of Mario Galaxy at Daly City Westlake shopping center.

Virginia City, Nevada

Before heading back from Reno after the Chalk Festival, I spent a day in Virginia City with two awesome artists (Lori Antoinette and Mri Scott). And guess what? It’s HAUNTED! We had so much fun exploring the history and ghost hunting. If you love visiting haunted locations, this city is not to be missed.

Virginia City, Nevada
Up on the hill is the Silver Terrace Cemetery. One of the spirits reportedly seen here is an old groundskeeper.
Mackay Mansion Virginia City, Nevada
Built in 1860, the Mackay Mansion was originally the offices of the Gould and Curry Mining Company, as well as housing for the mine superintendent. Johnny Depp stayed in the mansion for a week while filming “Dead Man” and had a ghostly encounter with a little ghost girl on the second floor. The mansion has also been featured on Ghost Adventures and Dead Files.
Old Washoe Club Virginia City, Nevada
The Old Washoe Club originally opened for business four months before the Great Fire that destroyed most of the town. The Saloon was rebuilt and opened a second time in 1876, and aside from being a bar, the Washoe Club was designed to be the meeting grounds for the Virginia City elite. Paranormal investigators from all over the globe are drawn to The Washoe Club, reporting this is the most haunted place in Virginia City, if not the entire state.
Silver Queen Virginia City, Nevada
The Silver Queen Hotel was built in 1876 and is the oldest hotel in Virginia city. The hotel is believed to house a ghost named Rosie, who was a prostitute who killed herself in Room 11.
Silver Queen Painting Virginia City, Nevada
The hotel is also known for the painting “Silver Queen”. It’s a 15-foot tall full-body portrait of a woman embedded with 3,261 morgan silver dollars, as attributed to the depth of the deepest mine in Virginia City.
Silver Queen Virginia City, Nevada
A close-up view of the silver dollars. Her belt is made of 28 $20 gold coins, while her bracelet and necklace are made of silver quarters.


Reno Chalk Art & Music Festival

The Reno Chalk Art & Music Festival, presented by Atlantis Casino Resort Spa was a blast! We chalked in the Atlantis’ West Parking Lot all weekend. This was my first time chalking here, it was awesome! My square was 10′ x 12′.

Reno Chalk Festival
I chalked butterflies, because why not?
Reno Chalk Festival
Butterfly No. 2 down, one butterfly left to go!
Reno Chalk Festival
This is one of my GoPro camera’s picture, I love that I can clip it anywhere without using a tripod.
Reno Chalk Festival
Third butterfly down, I’m at the halfway point here.
Reno Chalk Festival
Done and done!

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Norman Rockwell Chalk Collaboration

On June 19 & 20, I got to chalk at the Paseo Colorado Mall in Pasadena, CA. It was a 12-artist chalk collaboration of Norman Rockwell’s “Golden Rule”, a gathering of men, women, and children of different races, religions, and ethnicities. It was a precursor of the socially conscious subjects that he would soon illustrate. “Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You” was a simple but universal phrase that reflected the artist’s personal philosophy.

Paseo Colorado Sign
These are the signs that were printed by the mall.
The Beginning of the Project
And so it begins, the beginning of a 2-day chalk collaboration.
End of Day 1
My contribution to the square is this female figure in the lower center of the square. I took this picture a few hours into it.
Progress! This is at the beginning of day 2.
Halfway Point
This is the hallway point of the whole square, which measures 24′ wide by 22′ high.
Almost Done
Almost done! We are preparing to pull the blue tape off of the sides.
Drone Shot
A drone shot of our chalk square.


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Memorial Chalk Tribute for Edwin Aguilar

Last weekend I had the honor of participating in a chalk collaboration that honored our friend Edwin Aguilar, who passed away recently. We miss him very much but we know he is now without pain or illness. My condolences to all of his family and friends.

Memorial Chalk Collaboration for Artist Edwin Aguilar
Our finished Memorial Chalk Collaboration for Edwin Aguilar. We put his portrait in the center and added elements that represent his life & art career all around.

Check out our time-lapse here.

Headless Horseman Halloween Chalk Collaboration

For our second chalk collaboration, we chose to chalk the Headless Horseman for Halloween. The figure is traditionally depicted as a man upon horseback who is missing his head. Since the pandemic lock down, the Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena has remained closed to the public and they gave us permission to chalk in their parking lot. That was super nice of them!

Halloween Headless Horseman Chalk Collaboration
I was assigned to chalk the bottom right corner of our image. The artist pictured is Zoila Cobian.
Halloween Headless Horseman Chalk Collaboration
For my contribution to this collaboration, I chalked the front legs of the horse and I also added a ghoul with a pumpkin.
Halloween Headless Horseman Chalk Collaboration
In the home stretch. Artists pictured above are Marcella Swett and Mri Scott ElBey.
Halloween Headless Horseman Chalk Collaboration
Our finished master piece. Participating artists from left to right are Monica Orozco Thaller, Shawnet Sweets, Keith Dubois, Marcella Swett, Zoila Cobian, Lori Antoinette, Mri Scott ElBey, and myself.

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