K9s for Cops Available Artists


Brandin Hurley is a Chicago based freelance fine artist who specializes in papercut and light pieces, site-specific installations, and murals. She has a BFA from CSU Long Beach in scenic design, and a MFA in scenic design from NIU. 



Irish American artist Lori Murphy, a dual national is a resident artist of the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago.  She has studied art and technology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, sustainable building design at Harvard University and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont. Painter, photographer and designer of energy independent buildings, her work lies at the intersection between the fine arts and human geography.

Engaging with the interaction of the body with the natural and built environment, her work focuses on the human experience of the world from a sensory phenomenological perspective. Subjects involve migration, place and displacement, the search for home and happiness, cross cultural identity, the syncretic and change over time. She is currently funded by a grant to teach studio art to a young adult with autism. Recent work has been shown in Boston, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Chicago, London and Ireland.



Born and raised in the Chicago area Fred Moss was drawing and sketching the world around him from an early age. He grew up visiting the Chicago Art Institute, often admiring the outstanding impressionistic and classical painting collection. He attended the College for Creative Studies after receiving a partial school grant and earned a bachelor’s degree. After graduation he studied with renowned painter Romel De La Torre, who helped him convey on canvas his thoughts and feelings. He also studied at the Florence Academy of Art in his grandparents’ native country, Italy. There he found a subject matter that inspired him—the scenic towns and countrysides of Italy. Fred painted Florence, Lake Como, Venetian canals, and hiked the mountains of the Cinque Terre looking for scenic views to capture on canvas.

In 2007 he was accepted into the American Impressionist Society's Annual National Juried Exhibition for his painting of "Springtime Flowers" which was held at Hilligoss Galleries in Chicago. In 2008 he was accepted into the American Impressionist Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition for his painting of “Rose Garden” which was held at Coda Gallery in California. In 2008 he had a solo show at the North Charleston City Gallery. In 2011 he had a painting in ArtPrize, which is a global art competition held in Grand Rapids Michigan. In 2014 he was commissioned to paint a public art “horse of honor”. Each horse was dedicated to a Chicago police officer who was killed or injured in the line of duty. The exhibit featured life size statues of Chicago mounted patrol units that were each artistically designed by local Chicago artists. The exhibit benefited the Chicago memorial foundation. In 2014 he had a solo exhibition at the Harold Washington Chicago Library of “Impressions of Chicago Gardens”. He has exhibited in several galleries and shows which include the Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Beverly Art Center, Karen Solem’s Gallery, 7013 Studio, Hinsdale gallery, Arlington Heights Historical Museum, Elmhurst Artist Guild, Mainstreet Art Center, and Silhouettes Fifth Annual Exhibit. During 2004 and 2005 he participated at Art in the Barn, a juried art show. He has also painted Chicago and Italy cityscapes for limited edition prints which were signed, numbered, then distributed and sold in the Chicagoland area. Chicago city hall has one of his prints hanging there. In 2016 he was a finalist in the Art Muse contest for his painting “Gliding Gondola”.



I am a Chicago Public Artist. The last piece of public art I have created is an original 500 square foot painting in the new Chinatown Library,Chicago. I have my M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University and an extensive show/sales record. During the Horses of Honor project I was able to design and paint 5 of the sculptures. Last year before the historic Cubs World Series Win I refurbished all of the Holy Cows at the famous Harry Caray's Restaurant establishments.  



Rine grew up in Buffalo New York, studied art at Reed College in Portland Oregon, and moved to Chicago in 2004 where she fell in love with the variety of characters and neighborhoods.  Upon discovering Bridgeport, a neighborhood that has been home to many of Chicago’s politicians as well as a growing arts community, she set up her studio in the Zhou B Arts Center in 2009. Rine participates in national and international shows, her most recent being solo exhibitions at Bluerider ART Gallery in Taipei City Taiwan and Union League Club of Chicago. Reviews of her work have been featured in the China Times, NOWNews, Newcity, and Gaper’s Block. Recognition of her work includes an honorable mention at the Rockford Midwestern exhibit held at the Rockford Art Museum.



I was born in Santiago, Chile. My family and I migrated to the U.S. when I was 11 years old as political refugees. We moved to Lawndale and Grand neighborhood. I am now married, mother to three amazing young women, and grandmother to the most precocious 3yr old granddaughter and 3-month old grandson. They are my world. Besides my daughters, art is one of my greatest passions. I am a self-taught artist, with no formal training; personal experience and passion have been my inspiration and guide. I studied Economics at the University of Illinois and currently enjoy a full time career in law enforcement with the Chicago Police Department, 011th District. I began painting about 16 years ago as an outlet for stress when one of my twins was diagnosed with Leukemia. The social worker at Children’s Memorial Hospital when my daughter was receiving treatment gave me a sketch book and pastels. I began creating images and have been doing it ever since, experimenting with different ways of making art besides pastel and paper. I have found that my favorite medium is acrylic on canvas. My ardor for painting continues to grow more and more each day, and I hope to someday make it my full time profession.
I paint because I love, I hurt, and I feel joy. I paint because the good Lord gave me the capability to bring to life all that I feel inside.  On canvas, I can bring balance to my world through my art. My approach is that a canvas is a place where imagination knows neither boundaries nor rules. Give attention to a child creating art. They dive right in and begin creating with no inhibitions, therefore making the outcome the purest in form, color and expression. That is the state of mind I enter when I paint to accomplish my objective



Born and raised in Scotland, now married w/2 dogs living in Chicago burbs.
Freelance Artist, FT Nanny, volunteer with La Grange Police Department and also Magnificent Mutts & Meows Rescue.
Honored to paint 2 K9s last year would be just as honored to paint in 2018.


Joseph Castillo

I have always gravitate towards art and and have worked on our projects most of my life with friends or by myself last year I decided to open my own art studio and my first project public art work was the canine sculpture  I was very proud to do this and very happy with the result.



High-end residential house painter since 1987 specializing in faux finish and artistic details. I have done two horses of Honor and four police dogs.



Erika’s artistic journey began while pursuing a BFA in Studio Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Erika has been painting murals and commissions for residential and commercial clients throughout the Chicago land area. Her notable work, a Chicago White Sox mural in her Chicago home, was recognized in 2005 on FOX Thing in the Morning LIVE with David Navarro
and Tamron Hall, and NBC5 News interview with Charlie Wojciechowski. Also appearing three times on the Chicago TV, Chanel 26 TheU, talk show, You and Me. Most recent commercial work can be seen adorning the walls of the operating rooms, therapy room, and Chicago White Sox Playroom at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. She also participated in the
2013 Great Chicago Fire Hydrant, while her painted 5’ hydrant earned the 100th Club and CFD charities in over $2,000 at Live auction. Erika has continued her passion for public art and has successfully attained her 7th horse with Horses of Honor, for her local community and neighbor, Canaryville Flaggs Club representing fallen officer, Daniel E. Howard. Through her continued success with the Horses of Honor, Erika, fell into a consulting position and worked behind the scenes to get the K9's for Cops statue created.
Erika’s passion for art and her joy of sharing her talent is also reflected in CPS schools around the city helping Chicago Cares create community murals. She tailors custom art parties to both children and adult groups and works in the field painting murals, creating hand painted wine glasses, shoes and custom canvas work. Erika takes just as much joy and passion by the notion of donating her talent. She finds that everything in life shall be done with purpose, no matter how big or small. This belief has taken her to create a program she brings to sick children in the hospital, called Painting with Patients. One day she hopes she can create a Non-for Profit status to help further bring this great program to hospital patients readily. Erika Vazzana looks forward to every art endeavor she attains, but her true masterpieces areher 3 beautiful children; Mason, Phillip, and Lucia and her loving husband, Mark.



Othello Anderson is a prominent Chicago-based artist who received his BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  His academic training also included four years of course work at the University of Chicago.
Mr. Anderson also completed one year of post graduate studies in 20th Century Art Theory and Criticism at SAIC.Over a period of 25 years he held full-time faculty positions as Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Architecture at both the University of Illinois and the School of the Art Institute of  Chicago.In addition to his endeavors as a working artist and educator, Mr. Anderson was a founding member and president of N.A.M.E. Gallery –
Chicago’s first alternative gallery to show works by artists  from around the world.
As a veteran artist who has  delved into a wide variety of subject matter from earthly environmental issues to deep space phenomena, Othello Anderson has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.
For the past ten years Othello Anderson has also been a senior partner of Grace Moore Associates, Inc. – Chicago’s premiere corporate concert production company.



Ken has taught art in the Chicago Public Schools and continues to teach painting at all skill levels in Chicago.
Ken has exhibited at New York Art Expo and Galerie Hamptons in West Hampton Beach, Long Island. He has had a number of solo shows and exhibited in group shows in Chicago and Door County, Wisconsin.
Public art installations include "Cool Globes" and "The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants" in Chicago, "Eggstravaganza" in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, and "Benches by the Bay 2016" in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
His art has been published in "Chicago Art Scene" (2000) and "A Published Gallery"(2009), art books featuring international artists.
Ken is the author of "Show Off Your Art" and a contributing author to "Arts & Activities" magazine, "School Arts" magazine, and "Best Classroom Practices: What Award-Winning Elementary Teachers Do".
Ken is a featured artist at SantaFeArt world.com



Rachel Slotnick received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, and she is a full-time professor at Malcolm X College and adjunct faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a commissioned muralist for Chicago’s 35th, 39th, 46th and 47th wards, and recently collaborated with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation to create two Horses of Honor, one of which was permanently placed in the 25th Ward Alderman’s office. Her work has appeared in Mad Hat, Thrice Fiction, Driftwood Press, After Hours, Rain Taxi, Newfound, and The Brooklyn Rail among others. Slotnick won Rhino Poetry’s Founder’s Prize and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2015. She is the author of “In Lieu of Flowers,” available through Tortoise Books.



Jaime Foster is a self taught painter and photographer, currently living just outside of Chicago. Her work has been shown in galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest, the midwest and Italy. Her photographs and paintings are displayed in private collections, as well as public, such as the Batavia Fine Arts Center, Fresh Paint Magazine and Nue Magazine.


Sandie Bacon is a classically trained, vesatile artist whose artwork is shown nationally.
She has an MFA from Maryland Institute Graduate School of Painting. Recent exhibitions include:33 Collective, 4 Art, Dandeluon Gallery, Reinvent Gallery (all in the Chicagoland area), Projects Gallery (Miami, Florida), Artprize (Michigan) Sandra has done many fiberglass sculptures inclyding: Horses of Honor (Chicago), 4 ""Cool globes "" which have travelled throughout Europe, ""Pandamania"" in Washington DC and in front of the National Air and Space Musuen , for the zoo on Madison, and many more. . . I love the way public art honors its inspiration as well as engage the community


Susan Clausen

Susan is originally from Kansas City, MO, which is where her passion for art was originally nurtured. She studied art and art history at Creighton University and earned her B.F.A. with a focus in painting. Susan moved to Chicago in 2010 and has proudly called it home ever since.
Her work can be found in businesses throughout Chicago. Some of her favorite projects include painting life-sized horses for the Horses of Honor program, painting a giant golf ball for the Ryder Cup Tournament, and the Painted Ladies installation at ACME Hotel Chicago. 
Susan is currently working on a series of collages, exploring the variations of Koi fish. The hand torn pieces of paper create a unique texture while the magazine scraps add the element of surprise due to the hidden text and imagery that can often be found up close.



Kenny has been trained in multiple disciplines of art growing up in the city of Chicago with the encouragement of his family.
His parents had formed their careers in the arts, with his father teaching Art and his mother, music at various Chicago Public schools while raising Kenny and his two sisters.
Kenny is capable of creating catchy graphic design as well as minimal to highly ornate illustration. Of recent years, his stance with promoting his artwork has been through mural work which can be seen around Chicago within schools, homes & exterior walls for businesses and personal projects. 



Emma is an illustrator, typographer, creative specialist, and mythical creature enthusiast.  



Maja Bosen is a Chicago based artist presently working in encaustics. In this highly tactile and malleable medium, Maja weaves wax, pigment and various materials – both manmade and organic – into distilled moments of reflection inviting a shared intimacy with nature and time’s passage. “Observing the interconnectivity of nature and humanity, I attempt to create an intimate space to reflect upon our shared cycles – the rise, fall, ebb, flow, evolution, fruition and ultimate demise. These quiet moments of grace are, for me, a celebration of this fragile life.”
Maja received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and has continued her creative and intellectual explorations at Parson’s School of Design, The New School for Social Research in NYC as well as at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has explored many artistic channels and chooses the process which most clearly resonates with the message at hand. Maja has exhibited and performed in Chicago, San Francisco and New York in both solo and with group exhibitions. Presently, Maja is proud to call the ZhouB Arts Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, home.



Chicagoan Jenny Learner has been making art her entire life. Classically trained at the American Academy of Art and self-taught in interior, surface design & photography. For over 30 years this multi-faceted artist has been designing custom room dividers, screens, hand-painted wall coverings, fabrics, murals, & site-specific art for interior designers and architects. She exhibits, teaches, curates, and juries locally and nationally. She has her studio and gallery at the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport.
After an introduction to encaustic she fell in love with the ancient medium of fusing fire with beeswax and pure pigment. Encaustic became her elixir of life. Imagine painting and sculpting within the wonderful realm of flowers and honey. The medium’s luminosity, transparency, aromatherapy, alchemy, with the unexpected results constantly surprise her.She gains inspiration for her new work from earth’s multiple landscapes and wonders including raw gemstones, outer space, medicine, life, & dreams. Further curious and fascinated with evolution, anthropology, architecture and time, as an artist Jenny is grateful to be living in this digital age with resources at her fingertips. The photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and the Hubble telescope’s imagery of the Universe endlessly muse her.



Artist, graphic designer, writer and art director, currently head over heels for her American Bulldog, Swann is thrilled to be a part of the CPMF supporting Chicago's K9s and the important work they do.



Courtney Boatwright is the Graphic Design Specialist, for Skender Construction, a General Contractor based in Chicago, IL. She is known for her innovative approach to design and her outlandish and obscure illustration style.
Originally, from San Francisco, Courtney got an early start in the industry at the age of 14 working for a luxury brad wholesale distribution company as their In-House Designer. From there, she set sail for Chicago, where she studied Graphic Design in Advertising. Having never graduated from college, a sore spot for her, she has been able to let her work speak for itself, proving that in a creative industry, a degree is great but your talent is the true testament. 



Juan Carlos Frias is a self-taught multi-media artist, and a member of the Northwest Arts Connection. Several of his paintings and artwork are in private collections. For over 20 years, Juan Carlos has worked with a variety of communities to create unique artwork for public enjoyment. In San Antonio, he organized a residential painting crew that assisted in painting three murals for the Alamo Mutual Housing Association in 1995-96. Community residents were proud to create beautiful artwork adorning their neighborhood. Juan Carlos used fiberglass to fashion an octopus ottoman for the Shedd Aquarium, which displayed his 2001 Suite Home Chicago art furniture ensemble. Utilizing upcycled aluminum soda cans, he created tactile “feathers” for an award-winning birdhouse showcased through the 2010 Tweet Home Chicago community art program. More recently, Juan Carlos built a fire engine from a large hydrant in support of the 2013 Great Chicago Fire Hydrants charitable art program.
Public art and community service are in his blood. Juan Carlos instructs Chicago Public School students through the After School Matters art program, and regularly collaborates with fellow artists to support communities, whether through fundraising or murals. In 2009, he fabricated a large rosary from corrugated cardboard for a Day of the Dead exhibit in Door County. The event not only provided food for the local food pantry, organizers invited community members to bring prayers and alms to celebrate loved ones who passed. More recently, Juan Carlos painted murals adjacent to the Forest Glen Metra and Addison and Avondale Blue Line stations and along Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square. In 2016, he donated a painting to the Lydia Home Association to assist the organization in its fundraising efforts.
Juan Carlos is honored to team with neighbors and colleagues to create engaging public art that instills wonder and pride in local communities. 



I embrace color and simple, bold images. I am a lover of people and animals of all kinds.   I paint their images using the colors that I see when I look at them, the colors they see in themselves. My goal is to stir the same feelings in the viewer as I feel when I paint my subjects.  
Community is a very important, and bringing people together, via art, makes the place in which we live Better.  Art is something we can all share.  Whether it is making art, teaching art or viewing art, it gives us an opportunity to experience beauty, emotion and expression. 
For these and so many more reasons, I paint.  I hope you enjoy my work.



A strong curiosity and deep interest in the human experience is what inspires my work. I strive to create the most telling portrait possible. It is my goal as an artist to reveal the nature, mood or beauty of each subject in the hopes that the viewer identifies with each piece personally on some level. 



Chicago born artist specializing in sculpture and assemblage art. I love the city and its people. 


Nino Rodriguez

I was born in Mexico in 1972, but raised in the Northside Uptown community in Chicago. I attended Nicolas Senn High School, the American Academy of Art, the University of Illinois at Chicago and I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College. I have in-class art teaching practice experience and I have utilized it at schools like Roosevelt High School, New Trier High School, Evanston Township High School, to name a few. My art has been featured on WGN, Fox, CNN, ABC news and LatiNation. Also, my other areas of expertise are in street art and cultural imagery and mural paintings, and it has been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, Redeye, La Raza and other media publications. My art has been displayed in Chicago galleries, on Michigan Avenue (three times) and the National Museum of Mexican Art.


Shayne Taylor

Shayne Taylor is a Chicago-based Artist who specializes in traditional and digital illustration, graphic design and murals. Shayne attended the College of Creative Studies in her home town of Detroit Michigan and received her BFA in illustration. Her paintings been exhibited in Detroit, Chicago, and Los Angeles. View work and find links to Shayne’s social media at: ShayneArt.com


Alexander Villalobos

I was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. I work in different media including oil and spray paint. My work focuses on pop art and appropriation themes.



Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, I am an artist/art educator now living and working in Chicago, Illinois. I attended Massachusetts College of Art/BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago/MFA and the University of Illinois-Chicago/BFA. Selected exhibitions: Women Made Gallery, Midwest Open, Chicago, IL; Elmhurst Art Museum, Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art Exhibition, Transmogrification, Elmhurst, IL; Koehnline Museum of Art, Women and Anger: Resistance, Power, and Inspiration, Des Plaines, IL; Providence Art Club, Making Your Mark, Providence, RI; The Art Center-Highland Park, Beneath The Surface, Highland Park, IL; Koehnline Museum of Art, Beyond Rosie The Riveter, Des Plaines, IL; MoMa PS1, Printed Matter Book Fair, Long Island City, NY; Studio/Gallery Z, Providence, RI; Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY; Windsor Whip Works Art Gallery, Windsor, NY; and Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.


Laura Junge

Laura Lee Junge has been hailed as an ‘intoxicating' new talent on the American artistic front. Taking her inspiration from life experiences, Junge firmly believes that "the most honest painting is what one knows". This is clearly a philosophy she transfers to both her canvas and sculpted works. Junge's childhood years were split between Minnesota and Oklahoma, before attending university at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, initially concentrating on figure painting. With time, her paintings became more eclectic, in a style that critics have described as ‘surrealistic expressionism'. Junge, herself, remains a bit skeptical of any attempt to label her in a specific category.

A self-declared fascination with movement typifies almost all of Junge's artwork, which ranges dramatically from floral and inanimate renditions, to the worlds of musical expression or evocative, often jaded bar scenes. In these, a dark world seems to emerge from the soul of the canvas. No matter what the depiction, the fluidity of her work channels an energy that seems to defy the very nature of a one-dimensional canvas.

Junge has exhibited across the United States, often winning awards and gleaning accolades for her unique interpretative work. She is currently the proprietor and "in house" artist at the Jackson Junge Gallery. Despite the time constraints of the gallery, Junge maintains a heavy schedule of competitively juried art fairs across the country. An innate belief that art needs to be available to everyone is another underlying current of Junge's convictions. The intimacy of an art fair permits the kind of exchange between artist and potential collector that is so often overlooked in today's art scene