For this interior wall painting, the client wanted a tropical theme on one wall of her Pacific Northwest sunroom. I went with a papaya tree and simple palm fronds to give a feeling of relaxation and luxurious warm weather. She gave me a few ideas and pictures to work from, and as part of the service, I drew up a couple mock up paintings to visualize the scale and dimensions.
For this mural the client was interested in themes of peace, wisdom and regeneration, and wanted birds, so naturally doves, owl and the classic stork were chosen. Because the client is also of French origin I choose the Fleur de Lis as a background, also giving it an emblematic or seal quality we wanted- when experimenting with design ideas I originally took the wings and design layout of the American seal but then we opted for a more Native totem design where bird wings are directly outstretched. Lastly, we added the life ring that compliments the fishing life here in Alaska and added an element of owl as protector/ guardian of regenerative life. The mural is on a large industrial garage door and faces the main highway north of town. I enjoyed bringing art to an unconventional surface where many people may see it.
Completed mural for City of Stanwood at Police Annex Building located at 8725 271st St NW Stanwood, WA 98292. 10 ft by 28 ft, 2016
Mural progress May 17th- worked on swans, still to do beaks and eyes-
Studies of values and composition for upcoming mural. Which one do you like the best?
Swan studies for upcoming mural.