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The vibrant and whimsical murals of artist Lisa Lorek Quine ’12 become an integral part of the landscape of her beloved hometown of Cleveland.

High school graduates and weddings pose in front of his popular ‘Dream Big’ and ‘Come Together’ murals, the inspiring simplicity of the messages complementing the complexity of the fonts and patterns.

“Making a mural that’s part of someone’s life event is so cool,” said Quine, who has hand-painted more than 80 murals since starting her own business in 2017. makes you feel so connected to your community.

Clients range from Cleveland home and business storefronts to large corporations including Harley-Davidson, Mercedes-Benz, Holiday Inn, StubHub and DoorDash. Naming her one of the “most interesting people of 2020”, Cleveland Magazine noted, “Quine left you letters all over town.”

Lisa Quiné ’12

This recognition in his hometown was a highlight of his career, Quine said: “I love the city so much, and I really felt like I was not only part of the community, but also making my own. mark here. It’s like having a crush for a very long time and
find out that they love you back.

The artist’s former professors at the University of Dayton are equally impressed. Quine’s senior seminary instructor, Kathy Weil Kargl ’92, said her jaw dropped when she saw Quine’s recent work. “There’s no end to what she can do,” said Kargl, a senior lecturer in UD’s art and design department.

Influences range from Art Deco to Art Nouveau, from the Arts and Crafts movement to Mid-Century Modern. Quine is equally at home when designing a pre-Victorian style Pride and Prejudice book cover or tackle a 40-foot mural spanning a city block. “I love exploring a variety of styles from the past, and I love having my clients trust me to try different things,” she said. Explain.

Wonder Kargl, “She has such a broad skill set.”

Such praise from his mentor seems “loopy and deep,” Quine said: “As an artist, you often doubt yourself, so it really feels good to hear a compliment from someone who was so important to you.”

“As an artist, you often doubt yourself, so it really feels good to hear a compliment from someone who was so important to you.”

This support is characteristic of a design faculty that helped seniors develop their portfolio items and contacted work leads after graduation, Quine said: “It felt like our professors cared really about us and wanted to see us prosper.”

Close friend Caitlin Douglas Rambacher ’12 said Quine has been an ambassador for the program since the night they met at a freshman party. When a roommate pulled out a coloring book, Rambacher recalled, “We took our pages very seriously. By the end of the evening, Lisa had convinced me to switch my major to visual communication design based on my coloring book skills. »

From that moment on, soul mates were practically inseparable.

“My fondest memories are working on projects together, staying up until 3 a.m. at College Park Center, bouncing ideas around,” said Rambacher, senior art director at a Cleveland ad agency.

During study breaks, they recorded lip-sync videos on their Macs and ordered Cousin Vinny’s pizza. But amidst all the fun, Rambacher said, they benefited from an exemplary design program: “One thing that really sets the program apart is that our class reviews encouraged us to have a rationale behind all of our decisions in a piece, requiring us to create with purpose and to give meaning to our creations.

After graduating, Quine landed a job as an art director for a Cleveland advertising agency, where she met her husband, Mark. The couple live in Hudson, Ohio with their 2-year-old daughter, Renny. “She’s not interested in coloring yet,” her mother joked.

Quine enjoyed her high-energy, inclination career as an art director, rarely fantasizing about starting her own business. At the same time, she started doing small hand lettering projects; posting his work on Instagram brought in new clients, including Target, who he was asked to design for — what else? — a coloring book.

She fell into wall work when she was asked to design four walls for a small office. She said yes impulsively, thinking, “If I can draw it, I can paint it on a wall.”

Hand lettering, however, was more like her passion than her career – a hobby she picked up in high school, when she was intrigued by the handwritten lyrics of a Panic! To the Disco CD booklet. This led to countless hours of doodling – surely nothing serious or life changing.

Muralist Lisa Quine standing in a stairwell that she hand-printed with a mural.
Lisa Quiné ’12

“I imagined myself working in a corner office as a creative director instead of standing on a sidewalk battling the elements,” Quine said.

But one day, a property management company asked him to paint a mural on seven walls. “I took it as a sign from the universe that I should start my own business,” she said.

It can be grueling work that makes her sympathetic to Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. Quine admits to having a fear of heights as well as “being such a baby when it comes to extreme temperatures”. She has mastered the art of painting on high scaffolding and working around pipes and electrical outlets.

“She is a fantastic problem solver in her life and in her work,” Rambacher said. “She always finds a way to make it work.”

In 2018, Quine represented Cleveland in the city of Rouen, France, working with two French artists to install a mural celebrating 10 years of being Sister Cities. That same year, she published an exercise book, Vintage hand lettering, explore 20 fonts from different eras.

His latest commission is to paint a mural in the stairwell leading to the bridal suite of the LeBron James Family Foundation’s Three Thirty House, a multi-use community center.

“LeBron has played an important role in creating jobs and the overall growth of the Akron community, serving families in need,” she said. “The mural itself is super detailed and colorful, full of flowers and images featuring Akron and LeBron.”

The artist was recently a guest speaker for Kargl’s senior seminar class at the Dayton Arcade. She couldn’t help but feel envious of the new classroom space. “I felt like I was in New York; it was so sleek and cutting edge,” she said.

Despite an initial case of nerves, Quine found it rewarding to talk to students and provide the level of professional expertise that had so enriched her experience as an undergraduate student.

“I hope this helps them see that a graphic designer doesn’t have to be chained to a desk,” she said. “It was really cool to be back where it all started.”

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