I am a huge Starbucks fan. I received my Starbucks gold card in the mail in 2003. In 2007 I bought ornaments for all of the employees working with Thai at the Mira Mesa Blvd and Camino Ruiz store in San Diego – they were so surprised to be gifted but they served me most mornings for years, so it seemed only right. In 2008, I made holiday ornaments and gave them to the employees working in my new store on Mercy Road off I-15 north. Troy was in that store at the time and knew my personal cup drink by heart. I’ve built a fond relationship with that store over the past couple of years. You see, I have been painting for a bit over 1 1/2 years. I made my first Starbucks canvas some time before I hit the double-digit mark for number of completed canvases. I remember the handle bags Starbucks had at the time. They had recycling ideas on them, for example re-use it, re-purpose it, recycle it and my favorite: re-imagine it… so I did! I removed the handles and glued them to the back of an 8×10″ canvas. I cut out the logo and the words “re-imagine it” and added them as canvas embellishments. I removed the lid from the Perfect Oatmeal container and added it and rhinestones to the canvas also. I created a girl and a saying and that’s how it all started.
I gave that first Starbucks canvas to my local store on Mercy Road off I-15 in San Diego. That store has been a great supporter of my art, displaying every one. They’ve received a total of 6 now. They all signed the back of one and gave it to an employee who was leaving their store. They all commissioned me to make a canvas for their Store Manager, Jolene, before she moved to San Francisco last month… she’s working the early morning shift at a Starbucks in the financial district – if you are in the neighborhood, stop by and tell her I said hi! My latest canvases are Christmas trees and the Mercy Road, Scripps Poway Parkway (next to Von’s and Unleashed) and the drive-through on Poway Road stores were gifted with this year’s holiday canvases. The Christmas trees are decorated with Starbucks beverages and gifts.