Name: Julia Barzizza and Robert Louthan
Location: Alamo Square #2
Julia is a muralist, illustrator and mindful arts educator. She is inspired by people and nature, and humankind’s propensity to grow, birth and heal. Her favorite part of the creative process is painting outside and connecting with the people passing by. Julia received her BFA from California College of the Arts and her murals straddle California and Nayarit, Mexico. Julia is the Arts Education Director at Precita Eyes Muralists. She resides in the heart of San Francisco with her fiction-writer partner and their pet plants. She never turns away a cup of coffee or a puppy.
Robert is a trained graphic designer and self-taught artist born in San Francisco and raised on the coast in Pacifica, California. He is passionately committed to the upliftment of society through Art. Louthan’s artwork is a labor of love, shining a light on the depth and beauty of the human experience. Combining elements of motion, color, landscape, and message – his paintings allow the imagination to roam free and explore.
Julia and Robert describe their collaboration as follows: “Hope is Here! Begins with a pigeon soaring against a soft blue sky and extending an olive branch, a symbol of peace, prosperity and new beginnings. The pigeon is painted with vibrant greens and purples, radiant colors and spectral delight. While doves are more often the star, pigeons (‘rock doves’) and doves are no different; both are winged beings belonging to the same group of feathered messengers and carriers, travelling both near and far! Behind the pigeon is a bright gold disc, symbolic of the sun, light, and ether. A patterned mandala twists and twirls out from the center of the sun, overlapping the blue sky, clouds, and vibrating around the pigeon. The mandala and sky have layers of patterns, light emanations, and curled written messages of hope. The pigeon also carries a message, tied to her ankle. On the small scroll is the word ‘hope,’ a message that this mural may whisper to all who pass by.”