Coronado High School freshman Charlotte Winkler is in the Coronado School of the Arts [CoSA] Musical Theater conservatory, but she doesn’t limit her creative talents to music and theater. She also pursues her passion for drawing and art, but “never anything like this,” she said of her recently completed two story public mural in North Park.
Winkler collaborated with her friend Paola Mosler on the whimsical colorful design and the two, along with another friend, Chloe Becky, completed the painting in just one week. “Paola did the initial design with the sun and then I put it on a digital drawing app,” said Winkler. “We added a lot of elements at the last minute, to fill space,” she explained of the expressive flowers on the mural border.
Once the design was complete, the girls used a projector and outlined the image on the wall with black spray paint and then filled in the spaces with a combination of professional graffiti spray paint and acrylic paint. “We experimented a bit and changed some paints to get a more vibrant color,” Winkler explained. Fortunately her father had a hydraulic lift, which was necessary for all but the very bottom of the mural.
Charlotte’s father, Stewart Winkler, also provided the blank wall which is on a building he owns at 4223 30th Street in North Park. Clearly a supporter of public art, another wall of his building features the Instagram popular “Greetings From San Diego” mural (a stop on many San Diego Street Art tours).
Winkler and her family moved to Coronado from Orange County last summer and she wasted no time making friends and settling into life on the island. Despite the fact that schools have been closed since she arrived, she has managed to connect with classmates, keep up with online studies, and pursue her creative interests by completing her first-ever large scale public mural. She looks forward to being able to walk to school and see what campus is like. And, she “definitely hopes to do another mural... very soon.”