Below is a chronology of the outdoor mural commission I completed for Vivify Burger & Lounge in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I worked with the clients (who also own Bistro Bethem across the street) to produce a custom painting that embodied the charge of the new eatery. The concept sketch basically sent me on the path of formalizing my idea for Vivify. "Vivify" means to bring movement and life to something. The owners' goal is to host a space that pulses with the energy of the city's downtown, and that is also reflected by the tastes and smells from the eatery and lounge. What better way to express the vibrance of the lounge than in a colorful "canopy" of words. The piece turned into a family crest of sorts and incorporated the Bethem's names around the center.
The rear of the restaurant opens up to a two-story patio space with stairs leading to a roof deck which provides a great view of the city. I was excited to work on such rich and fun project this summer. Thanks to the Bethem family for the opportunity and thanks to my assistant, Jeff Gulick, for his consistent help throughout.