Cactus Wren Mural – Palomino Library

 Palomino Public Library – Scottsdale AZ 2017

After being commissioned to paint the mural for the library I wanted to pick a bird that was indicative of the area so I went for a walk in the mountains across the street from the library. I thought “the first bird that shows himself to me will be the bird meant for this mural” and sure enough not 10 feet down the trial a Cactus Wren squawks at me from a Saguaro!  Cactus Wren’s are intelligent, intense, gregarious, inquisitive and loud birds (perfect for a high school/library!) They also have beautiful geometric and organic patterning on their feathers. Pulling from the patterning found on the Cactus Wren the mural image turns to mountain shaped triangles. The symbolism of the triangle is rich and varied – for this project I was drawn to the original Phoenicians symbolism of a triangle as a “tent door” or a gateway – much like a library can be to another world.  The triangle is a symbol that embraces both male and female divinity and balance – from those triangles another patterned mountain distributes arrows to symbolize change, direction and meditation on ones next move in life.