Chicago artist guided by brushstrokes, not blueprints when painting murals

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CHICAGO -- You may not know who Nora Balayti is but chances are, you've seen her work.

She is one of Chicago’s most prolific painters and the artist behind more than 60 murals in the city.

The NIU graduate didn't always imagine herself as an artist. But tracing back to her childhood in Dixon, it wouldn't have been hard to predict that daughter of a house painter would eventually pick up the tools of the trade.

"I was doing a lot of stuff that girls my age weren't really doing,” Nora says.

She focuses on murals in public places to start a conversation, not to be the subject of one.

"Some artists might want to have an agenda, but if my agenda is just to crack you up, I'm happy with that."

And her humor is evident in almost every one of her works.

She reveals to WGN’s Mike Lowe how each one of her works is guided by brushstrokes, not blueprints.

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