“Nature All Around Us” Mural - Application

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Name: Ketaki Sanjeev Poyekar

Phone: 415-940-3264

Located: Elkader, IA

Email: hello@studiok8ki.com

Portfolio Website: www.studiok8ki.com

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Letter of interest

My name is Ketaki Poyekar, brand + website designer and an artist. Recently, completed Stay Wild Mural in Elkader for Art in the Alley project. I would also like to introduce myself as an applicant for the “Nature All Around Us’ Mural Project and I’m interested in applying for all three murals. 

I was born and raise in Mumbai, India in the family of artists. Ever since I could hold a pencil, I have been creating works of art. From pencil sketches to oil paintings, I have done it all. At a very early age, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. In 3rd and 4th grade I achieved a Gold Medal in an All India Drawing Competition and won several other art awards. By the time I finished high school, I knew that my area of expertise was art and design.

In the entrance exam for BFA I stood 87 in all India to make the cutoff of 100 seats. During my BFA in Applied Art at Sir. J.J. School of Arts I studied art history, drawing, color theory design and art application. 

I moved to San Francisco to pursue MFA in Web Design & New Media from Academy of Art University. I learned a great deal during my years in San Francisco. I made good connections and learned how design and art can build a community around it.

My husband and I moved to his hometown Elkader in early 2017 to start independent businesses and be closer to the family. Soon after I started Studio K8Ki - Design and Art Studio in Elkader. First year I spent creating art but soon realized that my purpose is in bridging communities. Since then I have been helping entrepreneurs and businesses big and small build from all over the USA make their presence stand out in the competitive market. I have helped my clients connect their products and services with their communities. 

I have a vision of how I'm going to approach the “Nature All Around Us’ Mural project. With my background in design and art, I am confident in my ability to create expressive and interesting piece of mural to bring in more visitors to contribute to the town of Elkader and flourish it by enhancing the visitor’s experience through art will lead to deeper understanding, awareness, and appreciation of both art and our natural world.

Thank you for your time and consideration of my application. I look forward to contributing and I feel this opportunity will allow me to utilize my well-practiced skills to add value to growth of Osborne Nature Center in Elkader, the town I call home. 


Ketaki Poyekar


Artist’s Work


Ketaki’s Artist Statement

My focus is in creating a vibrant nature mural that the community and visitors can relate to. Giving my artwork a unique hashtag will potentially help Osborne Nature Center in Elkader become a popular destination on social media to attract more visitors. Also, social media is a huge part of young generations daily lives and it will help bring young visitors to Elkader. Living in San Francisco I have witnessed the impact of street art and murals on travellers/visitors. In today’s digital world people can find street art and murals location from anywhere in the world through just a google search. I want to bring the power of internet and use it to flourish the rural town of Elkader, Iowa.


Applying for and artist fee estimate

Mural #1 River Ecology and Watersheds - 235 sq. ft.

Artist Fee Estimate: $5875

This mural will cover the back interior wall of the nature center classroom and should convey a river ecology scene. Clayton County borders the Mississippi River with many smaller rivers and trout streams throughout the county. The river ecology scene will visually tie the geology, landforms, watersheds, and river life exhibits of this room together through art.

Mural #2 Woodland Cave Mural - 115 sq. ft.

Artist Fee Estimate: $2875

This mural will surround the newly built karst cave interactive display and will be a deep woodland cave scene mural. This mural will bring the cave alive for visitors and families exploring this crawl through exhibit.

Mural #3 Habitat Mural - 118 sq. ft.

Artist Fee Estimate: $2950

The third mural will be a forested woodland scene to compliment the reptile and amphibian habitat area. This habitat mural will surround the live animal displays and work to exemplify the diverse habitats these animals reside. This mural could encompass 3D elements.


Mural Ideas & Inspirations

These are some ideas that will give you a sense of my approach to “Nature All Around Us’ Mural Project. Final drawing will be presented after selection.


Process and Estimated Materials Budget

Materials will be finalized after artwork is selected, however the majority will be spent toward paints, primer and varnish.

Step 1: Cleaning Surface
If the surface is wood and has knots and pitch streaks it would need sanding.


Sand Paper



Step 2: Priming Surface

After sanding the surface needs to be spot primed.


Exterior Primer & Sealer


KILZ Restoration Interior Water-Based Primer, Sealer & Stainblocker, White - New Name, Same Trusted Formula


$35 per gallon

Step 3: Painting


Chroma Acrylic Mural Paint


$6.99-$9.99 per 16 oz

Step 4: Finished Mural Protection


MinWax Polycrylic


$59.95 per gallon


Thank you for your consideration!