With the general election mercifully over, let’s meet Eileen Hinckle, the Corvallis artist, as she continues working on her mural on Second Avenue in Albany.
I wrote about this new piece of Albany wall art on Nov. 1, and I invite you to look up the story, which has background on how this mural came about.
Hinckle was not working on the piece at the time. She was waiting for dry weather, which arrived this week.
On Wednesday she let me know she had resumed painting, and on my afternoon bike ride I stopped to visit with her for a few minutes.
She figures she has about four or five days of work left on this project, which covers the windowless south wall of a concrete brick storage building in the 700 block of Southeast Second Avenue.
With separate university degrees in psychology and visual communication, Hinckle has been painting murals for about 12 years, in Latin America, Spain, and here in her home area of the Willamette Valley.
Painting murals is the main part of her work. She also has a part-time job with a Corvallis screen-printing shop.
You can find out more about her background on her website here.
As we were chatting, a guy in ragged clothes shambled by, lugging a bag of empty cans and bottles. He looked at the mural and gave her a thumbs-up.
Eileen has done two or three other wall paintings in Albany. She thinks there’s room for more in and around downtown.
She doesn’t have anything else currently scheduled in Albany, but she’s willing to consider requests. If you’re interested, there’s a contact form on her website.
While we were talking, she kept working on the painting. No time to waste. It was cold, windy, and noisy from the traffic, but sunny and dry. And who knew how long the weather would hold? (hh)