What a Difference a Frame Makes

A few quintessential images of Westport with the addition of hibiscus, of course!




The Canons at Compo Beach, Westport:



The Minuteman Statue, Westport.


Homage to the Westport Trader Joe’s

Wondering where the store is? Well it’s right on Route One at the intersection of Compo Road South. I felt like I was really going over the top to spell that out here, which has made it a favorite in terms of expressing our store’s identity.


Up and Running

Now hanging above the meat, cheese, and deli sections is my new 40 foot long mural. My goal here was to stick with the Westport Trader Joe’s theme, but include the name of each section so that customers could find it easily. In the past the section name was just written, all by itself like a title, above section. To step it up a notch, I tried to include the word within the mural, hence the words “Butcher Shop” on the canon, “Cheese” onto the cheese castle, and “Deli” onto the umbrella.







In Progress

During the past 6 weeks, I’ve completed over 80 feet of murals. Here’s some images of my working space including some works in progress:






Excited for the finished product? Relax… Its coming.

Big Doings! Time for a makeover!

For the last year or so there has been a big question looming on the minds of my captain and me: will we be doing a remodel? Well, just a few months ago we found out that the answer was a definite yes, and we needed to hit the ground running with preparations of a huge magnitude. Murals. This is my favorite kind of work, because I get to spend my time designing and executing paintings.

The blessing and burden of almost full artistic license has fallen on me to come up with the new store theme. This involved hours of research, sketching, imagining, and thinking about how to approach the new look of our store. With advice from the regional and my captain, we came up with a Compo beach/Post Road/Trader Joe’s/classy/fun theme. Its a mouthful.

Each time I came up with a new idea I asked myself if each of these elements were present. In fact, since finishing some pieces, I’ve had to add more Trader Joe’s feel, but I’ll get into that in another post.


Old orchid section with sign that I made in 2011

Old landing zone

Flower section - before...

The demo station before

The finale before

More of the old finale

The before and after shots are astounding because the store has changed so much.!!!

Old News

I made this, oh, last spring… The yellow flowers are separate pieces that can be removed and changed (similar to the concept of a chalk board) depending on what flowers are being displayed. Today it is eucalyptus and sunflowers, at great prices, I might add.

Double-Sided, What?

I finished this up at the end of September, and finally photographed it today, since it got moved from the window! And let me tell you, making double-sided art isn’t without its frustrations, so its a bummer that the back is now hidden. When you make two sided art, both sides have to be sanded and prepped, then lets say you make one side perfect and you flip it over to work on the other side, then the first side gets messed up because it’s face down… you know what I mean… So you can no longer see the back, which I worked hard on.

The Inside

And the Outside

Hours Sign

Hurricane Irene blew down our old hours sign, so we got the new and improved sign, which also includes the words “Trader Joe’s Trading”… not just “Hours”. And it also says “Every Day”!!!