Murals provide me the opportunity to socialize and paint simultaneously. Each mural is entirely customized to the client's interests. One of my first mural requests was to paint an entire basement, as if it were a country garden.
We couldn't stop short with the basement: the main floor needed some faux brick, stone, and a trompe l'oeil window.
My second big mural was equally nostalgic in its own way: the client wanted his favourite cars painted as though they were lined up on Route 66. He supplied all the ideas, as well as actual signs to add to the scene.
This spacious playroom, tucked under a stairwell, only lacked a view of the yard. Fake windows lend the same sense of extra space as large mirrors, without the risk of accidentally trying to walk through them.
This client wanted jungle plants and animals to brighten up a plain nursery. I enjoyed the freshness of the cartoon style.
My customers often ask for trees and foliage, perhaps because trees add a sense of protection and shelter, while breaking up the emptiness of a large wall.
Another popular theme, quite naturally, is the Alberta landscape. One cannot have too much of a good thing.
But not everyone wants to be reminded of the here and now: sometimes we need the splendour of exotic places to add a little inspiration to everyday.