Esco Alley Art
A mural street art project in Downtown Escondido in North County San Diego.
Maria Islas
Ninos y Mariposas (Children and Butterflies)

This mural speaks to my heart.  It was inspired by watching our grandkids Mykl and Melody interact with the monarch butterflies in our back yard. I truly enjoy creating art, while seeing how it continues to evolve with each of the experiences in my life. My art journey continues.



I am a local self-taught artist, and I have been drawing since I was a little girl.  Art has always been my passion.  In my earlier years, I primarily sketched in black and white pencils, and later in colored pencils.  I loved drawing portraits and fashion illustrations.  In college, I studied commercial art for a few years, and also obtained a Bachelors in Business Management. 

I raised three beautiful children and worked for the Navy for 38 ½ years. Upon retiring three years ago, I’ve had the joy of babysitting our grandkids. Having more time for my art, I enjoy experimenting with acrylics.  I fell in love with the vibrant colors, which give such life to my art.


 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.