Artist: Jessica McMillan
Materials: Spray paint on wood
Dimensions: 8′ x 16′
About Rattlesnake Mural
Jessica McMillan was born and raised on Hilton Head Island, SC and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Arts at the College of Charleston. She has dabbled in several mediums including but not limited to welding, fine soldering, fabrication, and printmaking; however her true passion is painting. She moved to Denver, CO in 2017 where she continues to grow and thrive as an artist while pursuing canvas painting, performance painting at festivals and concerts, and also creating large scale murals.
“I have chosen to focus this mural on the rattlesnake. If you have spent much time outdoors participating in all the wonderful activities and scenery Colorado has to offer, there is a good chance you have come across one of our three native rattlesnakes. Experienced outdoorsmen will caution you not to hike with headphones on so you can hear their warning rattle, as they are also experts at camouflage. Widely feared and slightly misunderstood, snakes are excellent hunters and truly fascinating reptiles. They can be found in several different types of terrain within the state. I thought the San-Luis valley and the Sand Dunes would be a perfect backdrop, as well as the beautiful wild sage that grows in the open desert bioregion. I chose to add the mandala elements and the moon to harmonize the image as a reflection of the synchronistic and connected relationship the local plants and animals have with the beautiful landscape here.”