The main meeting room at the Hope & Home building, otherwise known as the the “Venice Room.” The murals along with the lighting create an inviting, warm atmosphere for the children and families of Hope & Home in Colorado Springs.

Of all the work that I have the pleasure of doing, when I create a mural, I am in my element. The size and scope of a mural draws me in and at a certain point, I feel like I am in the scene. It is strange to describe, but I actually feel like I am present in the picture I am painting.

I have done many murals over the years, some I have kept record of and some, unfortunately I did not take any photos of. It could be that when I started painting murals, I was pretty young and did not see the importance of documenting them for future reference. Whatever the case may be, I have below a few examples of some of my murals.

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A close up detail of the west wall in the “Venice Room” at Hope & Home, measuring 8 ‘x 22’.
This is a close up detail of my work in progress, as I worked toward creating an aspen canopy area found in the mountains at a residence in Colorado Springs.
Signing the piece is very satisfying to me, it is like a stamp of approval.
A view of the mural in its entirety.
The Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy is an icon. I examined multiple pictures from many different angles to recreate scene.
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Another angle of the bridge, shows moonlight casting shadows on the balcony.
I love creating a mood with lighting. Adding the light to this scene was fun, because I wanted to create warmth and peace but also excitement, as the evening was just starting on this little section of the waterway.
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My son’s bedroom when he was about 10. This mural was fun, because we both loved the mystery and intrigue that space offered. My son revealed to me that as this meteor sped past Mars, we were the only ones to witness it at that moment.
This client had just moved to Colorado and was in awe of the beauty that is all around us here. She wanted a view from an imaginary front porch that was “always sunny and where the snow was a month away.”

My project at Hope & Home is an ongoing adventure in creativity and discovery. I am truly blessed to able to create an environment of peace and inspiration for these children and families. Everyday I learn something new as I paint and create. I am striving hone my skills with every section of this building. Sometimes I find myself going back to areas that I once considered finished a few years ago and updating its look.

This project will end soon, and it will be a bittersweet end to a project that is a part of me. This project may be my legacy that I hope will be enjoyed by many staff, children and families for years to come.

Below are some examples of some areas of the building, some finished, some still incomplete.

Using dry floral foam, I discovered that I can shape it to look like weather beaten stone. Once I had it sculpted I then covered it in Mod Podge and then primed and painted the area.
I used construction foam and took shaped it to look like rough cut stone blocks. Then I took sheet rock mud and loosely applied it over the foam to give it a bumpy texture. Once the texture was complete, I primed and then painted it to look like aged stone.
Here is a close up of a corporate fire door that I added trim and decorative applique pieces to to give the illusion that it is an antique wooden door from the 16th century. 
In corporate buildings there is a fire code that requires these glass windows to have an unsightly wire mess running through them. I used an additive to regular acrylic paint and was able to create a faux stained glass window.
Here is a close up of the embellishments painted on a standard corporate door at Hope & Home’s office building.
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This is a mural of a stained glass window at Hope & Home. For many of murals, I like to research various pictures before I begin the design, it helps me create a more realistic piece.

Click on the picture below to see the process I used to transform the boring corporate fire doors at this office building into 16th century aged Italian doors!thumbnail-template-for-blog



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