Makayla Erickson – The Show Must Go On!

Artist: Makayla Erickson
Title: The Show Must Go On!
Media: Acrylic paint on drywall
Grade: 11th grade
School: Campolindo High School
Teacher: Artwork created independently

Musical theater and art are two of my passions. I spent the entire year of 2020 creating this mural on my bedroom wall. It measures approximately 6 feet tall by 4 feet wide. I drew each individual box freehand with pencil and then painted them in using acrylic paints. I was able to use a variety of techniques as I painted the pictures representing each Broadway show. A particular challenge with this creation was drawing and painting on an uneven, textured surface that was upright and partly above my head.
This project became an emotional one as, three months into it, Broadway was shut down, San Francisco shows were cancelled, and my high school musical I was performing in was cut short due to the pandemic.