The vibrant pictures painted on dull or dreary walls quickly capture the attention of Big Spring visitors. In addition to the murals painted by Bianca Mireles and the Big Spring Intermediate Art students, there are now new murals that can be found downtown.
Big Spring artist Renee Thomas, street name "Renrobot", has been creating street art for over a year now. Her first piece was a parrot on a dumpster that sits between the Eric Escamilla, Farmers Insurance Agent office and the Taco Villa on 15th street. Since then Thomas has produced other pieces such as a crow mural on the corner of Runnels and 2nd, the Welcome to Big Spring sign and the Cowboy Eagle mural on the corner of Runnels and 3rd St., as well as other pieces. Her current project is a mural with Prickly Pear Cactus outside of the soon-to-come boutique The Krazy Kow Co., also on 3rd St.
Thomas, who hails from the northeastern part of the U.S., told KBest that she had began drawing back in high school but it was the Desert Flower Art Bar that inspired her to do art in Big Spring.
"They're pretty much the reason why I started doing art in Big Spring," said Thomas of the Desert Flower Art Bar. "They kinda woke up Big Spring to art with the Artwalk and the Desert Flower [Art Bar] itself. It's a place for artists to come show their stuff."
She went on to note that Jeremiah Peters and Jeannine Thibault from the Desert Flower have been very supportive of her art.
When asked what kind of reactions she’s gotten from her street art, Thomas had stated, "People love seeing colors in their commute! It's not just black and white anymore. It's like, 'There's colors! There's things to look at!' I think people really enjoy that, and it's given a lot people a place to take pictures and take pride in the town."
"I feel good about giving people a place that makes them happy," said Thomas.
For more on Thomas and the work she does, check out her Facebook page, Renrobot Art.