Murals featured from DEVON HOUSES, SWIMMING POOLS AND HOTELS 1997-2006
Murals were a move from textile design at a time when my designs had become landscape orientated, a logical progression from 5 years 1989-94 freelance furnishings textile designing, and exhibiting/selling at world trade fairs via London textile design studio agencies, whom I also painted designs for.
After moving to Devon in 1994, mural commissions came in via interior designers who were commissioning furniture painting, which I had established in 1995. Both murals, decorative furniture painting, and plain furniture painting were my main work.
I was well prepared for designing mural scenery, since my creative visions for textile designs had become more focused on historical scenes; old Persian, old Roman Empire, Maps, Exploration: more like traditional wallpaper. I recall deciding 'I will be a muralist' at a time when furniture painting wasn't challenging my creative impulse enough!
I believe murals are a good idea to represent aspects of history using old references and I may develop some historical illustrations. Commission on an historic theme are welcome.
Paintings or larger mural boards, using my research, or clients' own travel photographs: size example 4ft high x 6ft wide, 3ft high x 5ft. wide (based on maximum trade board sizes 8ft. 4ft). Work to be done in home studio during ongoing nationwide restrictive situation and into the future. Wood is better than wall surface for painting, as sanding off effects can be effective texture, and easier to varnish. Larger murals can be done as a sequence of three as a triptych; where each piece stands in its own right.
Each mural position is individual so I need to see the final display room before designing for it. Colours and style are considered in keeping with the existing interior design; together with client's topic of choice