My earliest memory of a mural was when I was but 3 years old, my older brother (9 years my senior) had an attic room, in his hideaway he would play ‘vinyl’ on his record player this was way back in the early seventies booming out tunes by The Bay City Rollers, Queen and Bowie. The walls were painted bright, psychedelic, purple and then, there on the ceiling, a huge piercing eye! It terrified me!
I remember sneaking into my brother’s 13th birthday party, teenagers everywhere. One of his mates smuggled in alcohol (vodka)! He (my brother) became very drunk; that night, not only the room was spinning for him, but the eye revolving around him!
As I grew up in the country, I remember the fairground circuit; my memories are probably heightened as my older brother would annually work on the Fairs and Harvest Homes. Axbridge Blackberry Fair, Cheddar Strawberry Fair, Wedmore, Sandford, and East Brent Harvest Homes and the largest Fair in this area Bridgwater…….
The murals were amazing! Larger than life, using many time-honoured techniques from the Victorian era, scrolled designs, swirling patterns, iridescent paints, carved and embellished lettering, gregarious colours with lots of gold. Animal designs, a traditional favourite, contemporary pop stars and actors were also popular, I remember vividly, iconic stars of the 1970s John Travolta and Olivia Newton John, in Greece.
My parents were builders & restorers of Horse Drawn Carriages, Gypsy Caravans, and other unusual and ‘old things’, My Father was the carpenter and wheelwright, my Mother painted the vehicles; a family business so everyone would need to join in and do their share. Later on we opened up to the public and created a museum, here I began to make murals of my own; mainly to camouflage the sides of old lorry containers, I would work large scale to create images for around the museum reflecting the environment.
As our museum grew we had a tearoom and gift shop, we decorated them in bright bold colours, sunny yellow with roses and castles around the walls and furniture similar to that of canal painting folk art. This extreme bohemian look proved very popular and both my Mother and I were asked to decorate other cafes and homes.
Over the years I have decorated many bedrooms and was specially delighted when my Mum and I partnered up to decorate my new nephew’s and his sister’s bedrooms. Not knowing whether the baby would be a boy or girl we went with pretty bath ducks in sunny yellow, his sister’s bedroom was in the attic roof of the old farmhouse where they lived. She had her own designs in mind, a horse and gypsy caravan clip-clopping over a bridge with a rainbow behind and the opposite side a scene of under the sea, a treasure chest with pearls, diamonds and other jewels cascading onto the sand on the seabed.
Brean Leisure Park. (The Disney Land of The West Country 🙂 )
At one point while at college I lived at Brean, Nr Burnham-on-Sea a favourite holiday destination especially form those in London and the Midlands. Summertime it was a manic place to live, choc-a-block with caravans. By day trails of cars bumper to bumper snailing along the coast road; on busy sunny days, fun-fairs, swimming pools, penny arcades, gift shops all a-bustle! Night-times brought the clubs and pubs along ‘The Strip’ pumping out music and laughter. The contrary was true in winter! Empty desolate beaches sprawling on forever; cold and bleak, yet the best time of all to live there! Here I did quite a trade in the taverns and games rooms with a full range of murals, from ‘Country and Western’ to ‘Mickey Mouse’ themes!
Painting ‘it’ Large.
I enjoy working large scale, therefore Murals give me the scope to work BIG. I am happy working within specific briefs or discuss ideas with prospective clients in order for me to interpret. An ideal medium for pubs, clubs and schools or even domestic settings, kitchens, conservatories, games rooms, play rooms, and bedrooms. So many styles work well on large walls from Trompe-l’œil to graffiti.
Murals have been used as wall decoration since ancient times: cave art, Egyptian pyramids, Muralists of Mexico, Murals of Northern Ireland throughout ‘The Troubles’ and today Graffiti. Legal or not, there is no mistake some amazing work is created out on the streets, and railway sidings. I have been a long time fan of Jean Michel Basquiat, but as my local city is Bristol, I must not miss the mention of the most famous contemporary graffiti artist Banksy; who could be regarded as having ‘made’ graffiti mainstream or is it should he be ‘blamed’ for making it fashionable? There are Parish, District and County Councils around the country, employing artists to create Mural Facades on empty shops in order to lift the local environment.
Let me Help You Create Your Own Mural?
If you would like me to design a bespoke mural for you, your family, your home, or even your local hall or closed shops!!!
All you need to do is send me the measurements, and some idea of the theme you might like.
I will draw out a design to scale and colour code it for you, to enlarge to fit your required space. (With full instructions to follow on how to apply both design and colour.)
Two formats available- Either email or hard copy to your actual size.
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