Esco Alley Art
Carrie Foster
(760) 822-5248
Rise and Shine

“Ten animals found on the farm are all looking down upon you. It reminds me of lying in a field with animals looking down at me. It is completely different from what I normally do.

I sculpt. But I have been painting for many years. I now do relief sculpting and a lot of memorial pieces. It is intense work.

This project is super fun. Big and loose. Not so intense.

Based on the nature of where we are these days, I needed to do something completely opposite. Super happy; lot of fun; lot of color to bring lots of smiles. I can’t help but be in a good mood even working on it.

The animals are almost caricature images with distorted and really big noses. It makes it funnier. I can’t help but smile.

They are in a circle all around you. The ones on top look upside down. It is as if they are surrounding you. Each one is specially chosen. All of them are unique. They are all just amazing characters.

One is an alpaca. It’s got this freaked out hair. That one I chose to put upside down. It is the craziest character next to the pig, also with a big nose.

Next to that a burro. His long face is intrigued. He is saying, “What are you doing?”

I also chose a cat. I made it look almost cross-eyed. He is a different one in the group.

He is saying, “What is going on here?”

Going around the grouping, each one of them is just a fun character.

There is a rooster looking like, “Whaaat?!!”

They are saying, “What are you? Why are you here? What are you doing on my grass?” There are a variety of different faces and sizes.

I even have an ostrich.

I kept adding more. I knew I wanted to do a square. I wound up with 10 animals with just a little sky peeking through. I wanted the animals to stand out. They are really large. Then a little dog is peeking in or a little rooster. They are all comical. I am interested to know which one people are drawn to.

They all look like a bunch of misfits with one misfit saying to another, “Welcome! Rise and shine! Let’s go! We have things to do.”

I have always been the underdog. Everybody has a story; everyone a character and we are all in this together.

Everybody is welcome warts and all.”

 Escondido is for artists. 

Come & CElebrate!!

2023 Esco Alley Art Party

Explore 12 new murals, and join us for birthday cake to celebrate Mayor Dane White’s birthday.

4 PM on Saturday, September 9th

Alley Art Party with DJ & cake, Free and Open to All, with food available for purchase from Doña Rosa Raspados. 

Find us in the alley south of Grand Ave between Kalmia and Juniper.

Global Roots Mural Mosaic Unveiling

America Connects West Mural

Music, Food, Friends, and Art!

Maple Street Plaza
Escondido, CA 92025

Join us for the Unveiling!

Sunday March 26, 3pm

Let's party!

2022 Esco Alley Art Party

Come celebrate the addition of 12 new murals with our artists in Downtown Escondido!

3 PM on Saturday, November 12th

Alley Art Party with Live Music, Free and Open to All!

Find us in the alley south of Grand Ave between Broadway and Kalmia.

Call For Artists

2023 Season

Esco Alley Art exists because of our wonderful artists. Apply today to participate in our next round of murals.

Thank you!

We so appreciate your generosity.