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[ABOUT] THE ARTISTS

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JEANINE HATTAS WILSON

LEAD ARTIST

"I think public art is just that – the public's art. It should visually represent the community's vision and pride."

Jeanine started painting at age six, alongside her identical twin sister Julie, in Woodstock, IL. Both girls studied art throughout childhood with private lessons, and continued through college. Now in Los Angeles, Jeanine continues to further her education, having studied at the Artelier Artien in Paris, France; Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art; and under renowned artists such as Robert Liberace, Michael Siegel and William Cochran.

Jeanine established Hattas Public Murals in 2002 after painting an underwater mural in her friend's bathroom. Over 2,000 commissioned pieces later, Jeanine still loves the challenge of bringing a client's story to life in an impactful, memorable way.

When she's not painting, Jeanine most enjoys cooking for and hanging out with her family and friends.

Jeanine lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband Jason.


BA from Marquette University | advertising
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design | studio painting minor

School at the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) | painting
Artelier Artien in Paris | oil portraiture
Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA) | oil portraiture
Kline Academy | Robert Liberace | the classic figure, oil painting
Kline Academy | Tom Garner | Venetian figure painting
Kline Academy | plein air landscape
Animation Guild | Glenn Vilppu | figure drawing
Michael Siegel | oil portraiture, figure drawing
William Cochran | trompe l'oiel
Sean Crosby | fresco
Randall Sexton | plein air landscape


IAN BURGESS

ARTIST

 

"Nature has gone to great lengths to provide artists with subject matter, and as artists, we should go to great lengths when we reflect that nature with art."

Ian has been drawing and painting since he was a child. His art studies began when he was 12 on Catalina Island. He was very fortunate to take lessons with an extraordinary painter named Denise Burns who taught him not to see things but rather to see colors.

One aspect about painting murals Ian truly enjoys is the range of ideas and images he is commissioned to paint. Where one project is recreating Renaissance figures from 500 years ago, the next may be an undersea world of colorful marine life. People & trees, turtles & spaceships... what makes a thing a thing is what he believes makes an artist an artist; the distinct way we each observe and catch the color, render the texture, capture the likeness.

The privilege to make a living as an artist gives Ian a profound sense of fulfillment every day. The only thing he finds more gratifying than doing the artwork is witnessing the joy other people get from seeing it.

When he's not painting, Ian enjoys listening, playing and composing music; however, these days that usually means figuring out "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" on guitar to play for his two young kids. Also, in his (rare) free time, Ian can be found windsurfing at Cabrillo Beach or backpacking in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Ian lives in Lakewood with his wife and 2 children.


BA from Art Institute of Southern California (now named Laguna College of Art + Design) | fine art, emphasis on figure painting, minor in illustration

Studied under Denise Burns | painting

 

 


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JULIE (HATTAS) KENNEDY

ARTIST & GRAPHIC DESIGNER

"I see public art as the beating heart of a city. It says, "I'm alive, I'm aware and I matter."

Since she was very young, Julie knew she wanted to grow up to be an artist. Having learned to paint alongside her twin sister, it only felt natural to Julie to continue working with Jeanine professionally. She admits that there are even times when she and Jeanine can communicate without even talking! Julie joins Jeanine on projects where four hands are better than two. 

Julie's additional communication design background gives her a strategic edge. She specializes in analyzing the important characteristics of a client's story, and carrying it through creatively and smartly into the art piece.

When she's not painting or designing, Julie most enjoys playing games with her husband and two sons.

Julie, along with her supportive family, recently moved to L.A. to paint more frequently with her twin sister.  


 

BA from Marquette University | advertising
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design | communication design

Artelier Artien in Paris | oil portraiture
Michael Siegel | oil portraiture, figure drawing
Kline Academy | Venetian figure drawing and painting
Kline Academy | landscape painting
Animation Guild | Glenn Vilppu | figure drawing


PERFECT [FIT]

 

Hattas Public Murals provides collaborative custom murals to homes, businesses and municipalities.


 
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TELL YOUR STORY

From your free, initial consultation to the completion of your mural, we warmly welcome your feedback.

COMPLETELY CUSTOM

Our murals are tailored to your space, palette, style, content and budget.

MAKE IT YOUR OWN

We can incorporate colors, styles and patterns from elements in the room. How about including a pet or loved one in the artwork!

PEACE OF MIND

Our strong code of ethics and vast experience makes Hattas Public Murals a company you can trust.

 

WHAT WE DO [BEST]

We offer experience, quality and a process you can trust.

 

EXPERIENCE

With thousands of commissioned pieces under our belts, we harness our experience with every project we touch.

 

QUALITY

We use the finest quality paints and materials, guaranteeing the longest life possible for your mural.

PROCESS

We work closely with our clients, following our highly-acclaimed 5-rung process, ensuring a beloved outcome. 

 
 

5 POINTS OF [DIFFERENCE]

We know you have a choice when it comes to hiring a muralist.
That's why we're proud of the qualities that make us stand out.

 

1. LISTENER

We sit with you and fully listen to your needs and vision.

2. COLLABORATIVE

Our ongoing, open communication ensures an outcome with no surprises.

3. STORYTELLER

A mural is a powerful communication tool. Telling your story accurately is our priority. 

4. RESEARCHER

Because details matter when telling a story, we research for accuracy in symbolic and historic visual representations.

5. COMMUNITY-FOCUSED

We take seriously the responsibility of creating artwork that reflects the voices, stories and ideas of the people and businesses the artwork represents.

 
 

 
 
 

OUR 5-RUNG [PROCESS]

Like any collaborative project, creating a mural that successfully fits your needs requires the following steps:

 

 

 

1. LISTEN

You have a vision for your mural, so it's imperative that we take the time to fully listen before we design.

 
 

2. COLLABORATE

We value our clients' contributions. Sharing ideas with each other produces a more accurate and beloved piece of artwork.

 
 

3. CONCEPTUALIZE

After researching for accuracy, we put together a conceptual rendering to show you what the finished mural will look like.

 
 

4. REVIEW

After you review the concept, we discuss revisions to ensure an impeccable design with no surprises in the final piece.

 
 

5. PAINT

Once the sketch is approved, it's time for us to climb the ladder and paint. Your custom mural is materialized