ARTIST OF THE MONTH: Most 3-year-old boys express their imaginations with robots and dinosaurs. But as a toddler in Phoenix, Jesse Perry let his mind run wild at the feet of his artist mother, watching her paint and experimenting with acrylics and watercolors and “essentially becoming comfortable with putting pigment on paper” at a very young age.
Now 30, Perry has painted myriad murals on buildings around the Valley, including 25 murals in Downtown Phoenix alone – perhaps most notable among them, a 20-foot-high, 13-foot-wide piece that adorned the side of the PAZ Cantina building on Third and Roosevelt Streets until coming down along with the structure early this year. Depicting a mischievous-looking rabbit reclining on a hammock of prickly pear cactuses and clutching a nopales-stuffed taco in one hand and a wooden sign proclaiming “Welcome to Downtown” in the other, the uber-colorful mural served as a herald of the creative community.
“What I love most about painting murals is not only the meditative process of painting the mural, but the positivity that is expressed through color and concept when it is completed,” Perry says. “Whether the mural is indoors or outdoor, private or public, the message is always the same – positivity, inspiration and whimsy.” Visit jesseperryart.com for more information.