North exterior wall of 117 E. Boulder St., Colorado Springs, CO, 80903

Artist: Elizabeth Selby of Colorado Springs, CO

Artist statement: I create paintings that celebrate beauty while embracing awkwardness, combining unnatural and strange views of the human form with a heavy dose of mystery. This mural is a true-to-life portrait of my friend, local artist Lupita Carrasco, but I have left the background abstract and minimalistic, so that her face appears to be floating. This creates a tension that expresses how we separate identity from environment, true conviction from tradition, and beauty from perception. The expression on Lupita’s face is one of self-acceptance; the calm and peace that comes with knowing one’s true value. This mural not only serves to represent her, but the fierce and quiet strength of women that I am inspired by every day.

Medium type: Paint (acrylic, oil, etc.)