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How A Scuba Diving Trip Inspired This Year’s Houston Marathon Artwork

Local artist Janavi M. Folmsbee talks about her painting, which will be emblazoned on medals and shirts at this weekend’s Chevron Houston Marathon.

2019 Marathon Artwork - Janavi M. Folmsbee
A painting by Houston artist Janavi M. Folmsbee is featured on the shirts and medals being worn at the 2019 Chevron Houston Marathon.

This weekend, as runners compete in the Chevron Houston Marathon, they’ll be awarded medals and wear shirts emblazoned with the work of local artist Janavi M. Folmsbee. Her art is featured in the marathon’s 2019 logo.

Houston Marathon Medals
Chevron Houston Marathon medals bearing the artwork of Houston’s Janavi M. Folmsbee.

Folmsbee is an avid scuba diver and says the vivid undersea colors she saw on a dive trip to Bolivia reminded her of Houston’s diversity.

And many of the spotted eagle rays she saw had their tails cut off. And that reminded her of how many runners who’ve lost limbs — or who have faced other difficulties in life — compete in the marathon.

In the audio above, Folmsbee talks about her work, which blends ocean imagery and vibrant colors with the Houston skyline.

VIDEO: Janavi M. Folmsbee talks about creating art for the marathon

VIDEO: Janavi M. Folmsbee talks about the inspiration for her painting

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