Riparian Arts Project

This project is currently a series of public art pieces inspired by historical

folklore drawn from the Great Lakes region. Riparian refers to something that is “Inhabiting,

or situated on the bank of a river (or body of water).” The stories, tall tales, fables, old

chestnuts that inspire these images largely connect with the peninsular state of Michigan and its city of the straights.

A Tale of Bête Grise Wetlands

This 8 x 4' public painting was completed on the exterior wall of a home in Woodbridge Neighborhood Historic District, Detroit, MI in 2021 as part of the Art in Woodbridge project. Lettering assistance from Caitlin Grames.

The Werewolf of Lake Saint Clair

This 6 x 4' public painting was installed on the exterior wall of a home in Woodbridge Neighborhood Historic District in 2020 as part of the Art in Woodbridge project. Installed by Jim Hillman and Dwayne.

Spirits of the Springs

I painted this 9.5' x 13.5' mural in the Spring of 2018. It is part a larger group mural project including work by Vito Valdez, Perez, and Southwest Urban Arts Mural Project that covers an entire viaduct located on Vernor Highway where Springwells Village and Mexicantown-Southwest, Detroit meet. It was done for the City of Detroit’s City Walls Viaduct Beautification Initiative. My assistants were Steve Seery, Daniel Gilford, Caitlin Grames, Asukile Gardner, Ijania Cortez, youth artists from Urban Arts Mural Project, and Vector Lab.


Belle Isle (The Hog and the Rattlesnake)

This 8' x 4' public painting was installed on the exterior wall of a home in Woodbridge Neighborhood Historic District in 2018 as part of the Art in Woodbridge project. Installation assistance from Steve Seery.

Le Griffon Ghost Ship

This 6' x 4' public painting was installed on the exterior wall of a home in Woodbridge Neighborhood Historic District in 2018 as part of the Art in Woodbridge project. Installation assistance from Steve Seery.

St. Patrick’s Trout

This 6' x 4' public painting was installed on the exterior wall of a home in Woodbridge Neighborhood Historic District in 2018 as part of the Art in Woodbridge project. Installation assistance from Steve Seery.

Legend of the Lake Whitefish Murals

I painted these two connecting 7’ x 17' murals, Legend of the Lake Whitefish & Legend of the Lake Whitefish (Grandfather Crane), on adjacent garage doors in Woodbridge Neighborhood Historic District in 2016 as part of the Art in Woodbridge project. My assistants were Abhishek Sudha Ramakrishnan, Anuj Bajaj, Asukile Gardner, Caitlin Grames, Lizz Cardwell, Monica Dubray, Nate Bell, Peter Bernal, and Rachael Walker.