Cristina Perez Tackles The Tucson Mural Project

Cristina Perez at Signature Grill

Cristina Perez at Signature Grill Restaurant – Photo by Sara Forte

Cristina Perez, a local artist and server at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa’s Signature Grill Restaurant, has been with Marriott for the past 5 years.  Her passion is art, and finds that working for the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa; she has the support to create artwork that inspires her. The beautiful landscape that surrounds the JW, and the people she works with, inspire her to spread her artwork throughout Tucson.

Last year alone, Cristina completed fifty-two paintings. So, it’s no surprise that when her co-worker Sara mentioned there was a local ad, calling for AZ artists to apply for a chance to design 10 murals for the downtown area, Cristina jumped at the opportunity. Initially not selected as a featured artist for the project, Cristina continued to seek a way to be a part of the new Tucson Mural Project. Finally, after much persistence, she was able to acquire an assistant position on the project.

Goddess of Agave

Ricky Martinez and Cristina Perez putting the final touches on the Goddess of Agave – Photo by Momta Popat

Cristina worked alongside Rocky Martinez to complete his mural “Goddess of Agave”. It took them an entire month to complete. Cristina explained, “While Rocky and I did not know each other, we formed a bond working long hours together, and he is now my mentor”. Cristina is very grateful for Marriott’s flexibility in allowing her to take an entire month off work, to chase her dream. The team here at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort is grateful to have such a great young talent on board and is looking forward to seeing her continued professional and artistic growth. Be sure to check out the incredible mural on the corner of 6th street and 7th ave – View Map.




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