I have had the pleasure to paint on families, North Carolina Family Vacation and businesses, Music Making Mural walls over the years….there is a story for each…and I remember them all. Some murals start the story by the very question of what do on the wall which is quickly followed by why. Common to all is there is a space; corner wall, around the door, down the hall or to the side of the tub. To make beautiful, to add zing to a room commemorate events and to tell their stories, all start with a sketch and ends with a mural.
Several times its been the mural for the child transitioning from one bedroom to the next, due to older sibling needing their own space or the arrival of a new little one. Another beginning is to design a mural where once there was a window Magnolia Niche or restoration work on a once hand painted scroll. Other murals come about based on themes or the play of colors and patterns to be restated on the walls. Often I am given a clear theme for a mural such as Trucks, Toys at Work, Trains, Steam Train, Castles Rainbow Castle or Fairies Fairy Wishes or beloved landmarks such as Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium. Two murals came about as a solution for the request of ‘action’ that not every mom thinks needs to be on a wall. The envision of an “explosion” brought about the Volcano Mural and the request of “flames shooting across the wall” gave birth to the Dragon Mural.
The making of a nursery is seen in Baby Cradle in a Tree, was all about a rocking chair space, Turtle Crossing introduced all that was to come and Floral Walls was all about flowering plants climbing up the wall at floor level. Sometimes the story only unfolds by the personal requests as in Verdant Garden to include a straw hat and the ice-tea on the bench with fishing line dangling in the water. The collaboration of the whole family can be seen in North Carolina Seashore Vacation, the dad handed me a sketch on yellow lined paper and mom found shared vacation photos and directed me to web sites to places to include and the boys added what was important to them and what they loved about family vacation. The painting of these murals with their stories all add up to this one overwhelming thought; my murals will be woven into someone else memories …..to me I can not think of an honor greater….. cause I am still that child that can see those illustrations that moved from time and place, to make believe….for me …it can’t get better then that!