EUGENE, Ore.-- Eugene artist Liza Burns said during the pandemic her career went sideways and she wasn't doing art.
She had just given birth when her friend sent her a link to apply for Oregon Cultural Trust's proposal to design a new license plate.
"I said I'll just draw in my spare time," Burns said. "Then it all worked out and they really liked the proposal."
Burns said she worked closely with the Cultural Trust members to implement symbols of diversity and culture into her work and it was completed by February. But she felt more could be done to showcase the work.
"I thought this would make such a cool mural," Burns said. "It's almost a shame it only has to live on 11 inches by 5 and a half inches. I'm a muralist so I said if you guys want me to paint it, I would love to and it just snowballed."
Her murals are now being sponspored by Greencars.com, a marketplace for sustainable transportation, and is being installed in the Eugene, Medford, Portland and Redmond airports. In addition, a 38-foot outdoor banner will be installed at the Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum.
A total of 36 artists submitted statements of interest and work samples. Oregon Cultural Trust said an expanded jury evaluated all of the submissions and unanimously recommended Burns' design to the board of directors.
The mural for the Eugene Airport is expected to be installed on October 28.
The new license plate will be available beginning on October 1 on the Oregon DMV website.