This mural was painted in the master bedroom in a farm house situated in a lovely wild garden. The family were keen for me to add as much of the local wildlife and fauna as possible - various insects, lizards, toads, rabbits, the neighbours donkey, their favourite olive tree and the wild flowers and grasses of Provence. The colour was chosen to warm the room in the winter and compliment the sun in the summer. Seen from the terrace below the whole room glows with warmth. It was a wonderful four weeks, walking to the local village in the morning to pick up bread and cheese and sitting on the terrace in the evening. Simply heaven.
Lilly Pond, Kent
This mural was painted on tiles by a swimming pool in a basement in Kent. The client wanted the seating area by the pool to look as if you were sitting under lilly pads. I researched what water looks like from the bottom of the pond and also what plants grown there. I spent a long time mixing colours to make the water shimmer and tried to make the plants look as if they were moving in a steam.
Song Birds, Berkshire
The client wanted something light and fresh in her entrance hall that reflected the garden around them. It took me five days to paint and was an especially enjoyable commission as I was kept company by their many dogs and cats, and the house and garden were particularly beautiful.
Flower Faces, Newbury
The client asked me for a homage to their favourite modern artist and I happily accepted the challenge. All of my murals are hand painted and I don't use stencils, projectors or anything else - until this mural! The petal of each flower had to be the exact same size so I constructed 6 cardboard stencils of varying sizes and took them with me to the location. The main challenge was to make sure that the petals of each interlinking flower was in the right place.
Vegetable Garden, London
I was asked to paint a vegetable patch using photographs taken in Italy. The client especially liked the vibrancy of the Dutch still life painters. This was a challenge for many reasons but especially because their compositions glow from a silky blackness whereas the wall I was painting was white. Life was further complicated by the fact that I was painting at ground level on a narrow staircase so I would have to be careful not to fall down the stairs!
Chinoiserie Library, London
The client asked me to create a chinoiserie effect on three walls of their library. I visited the V&A to look at their fabrics and Chinese section as I wanted to study how they painted their birds. I mixed five different shades of blue and green for the back ground and then painted the birds and plants on top.
Wheel Mural, Scotland
This cottage in Argyll is in the most stunning landscape so it made no sense to have another landscape on the wall. Instead the client asked me to create a mechanical mural based on the wheels found in a Victorian factory to incorporate the wood burning stone in the middle of the room. It was a lovely project to work on and very different to my usual commissions,
Staircase Tree, Hampton Court
I painted this mural up the staircase of an Elizabethan Farm house which was once part of Hampton Court Palace. The idea was to have green leaves on the bottom, turning green/blue on the second floor and yellow/green on the top floor. The origional inpiration came from the Paddington bear tree mural but the client wanted theirs to be in natural, softer and paler colours and not dominant red and pink.
Pheasant Staircase, Wiltshire
I went down to Wiltshire to paint this mural. It took me five days to paint and the idea was that as you were walking up and down the staircase the birds were flying away. At the bottom of the stairs there was a portrait of the owners dog coming out of the grass.
Medieval 'Tapestry', Scotland
This mural is in the entrance hall of a castle in Scotland. The client wanted something relevant to the period of the castle. I studied tapestries and wall paintings for how grass, trees and landscapes were painted and also designs for barrel ceilings. A modern twist was added when the pack of hounds became labradors and greyhounds. A portrait of the families pet cat and dog appear and the children chose the colours of the riders clothes.
Yellow Chinoiserie, London
This mural is in a hallway in London. At one end is a tree with birds and pheasants and at the other, bamboo and butterflies. This was my first Chinoiserie and I spent a long time looking at fabric in the V&A trying to get the birds and insects right.
Rainforest Mural, London
This mural is painted on all four walls of a dining room in London. The client had fallen in love with a wallpaper in the Beverly Hills Hotel that was no longer available, and we used this as a starting point. She then showed me photographs of her favourite plants in tropical locations and the styles she admired by other artists which I combined to create her mural. We added two monkeys to represent her boys.
Trompe L'Oeil books, Oxford
These books were painted onto a canvas in order to cover a radiator in a flat in Bristol. The idea is that each book represented an important influence in the clients life. He, or they, chose a title that suited either an experience they had together or a title that summed up their personality. The ruined books are the client’s ex’s and there are also a few gilded books that are in tribute to some of his friends who are sadly deceased.
Woodland Mural, London
This mural was painted for a client who wanted something fresh, modern with a Scandi twist to go with her new kitchen. On the opposite side of the kitchen was a large mirror so that the wall of trees are reflected again, and it feels as if you are standing inside a woodland.
Gold Room, London
The client loved warm, earthy tones, especially gold and wanted a 20s themed mural for her home office. In the end we agreed on an antique paint effect with a small art-deco style border running around the top of the room.
This mural is in the bathroom of a house in Scotland. The couple had somewhat differing ideas of what they wanted but one thing was certain - they wanted peacocks. I used gold leaf in the sky and gold paint on some of the plants to highlight them and made some of the landscape, particularly the water, stylised. They were especially pleased with the look of the peacock perched on the mirror.
Black Chinoiserie, London
The client asked me to paint the panels that were covering the television in her drawing room. I took my inspiration from the various Chinese lacquer boxes and chests.
Santa Clara, California
This was my first of several murals painted in a retirement village in California. The idea was to give the residents something to look at whilst they waited for their washing in an otherwise featureless room. I had spent a bit of time exploring the landscape around San Francisco. I had fallen in love with the beaches and took many photographs of the local plants which all went into the work.
Trompe L'oeil Panels, London
This Trompe L'oeil was painted in the sitting room of the client. They wanted a very simple panelled room. I used tape and spirit level to make sure that the lines were straight and used a box to cast a shadow on the wall so that I could match the colour of the shadows.
American Wildlife, California
This mural was in a very dark basement in California. I decided on lots of native birds, animals and insects on all four walls, with a few trees, long grass and flowers. The only stipulation the client made was that the bear should not look scary.
Garden Trompe L'oeil, London
This mural is painted on the clients bedroom wardrobe and is a replica of her childhood garden. She wanted the colours to be muted and peaceful with hints of red to pick up the colours in the fabrics that made up the cushions and curtains.
Brick Trompe L'oeil, London
The client had stripped the plaster off the wall to reveal very old bricks and lime and horsehair putty. A beam had been removed and a lump of concrete had been used to fill the hole. I painted the concrete to mimic the old bricks.
Chiaroscuro Mural, Scotland
This mural was painted in a bathroom in Argyll. I used a technique that uses only two colours to create the landscape, which was similar to the one outside the window. The border was an attempt at grotesque, with floating heads (portraits of the family), animals and mirrored shapes.
This mural was painted in the bedroom of a house in Argyll on a slopping ceiling above the bed. Although the general style is chinosierie the birds, chosen by the client, are all local to the area and painted in a naturalistic style.
Little Venice Trompe L'oiel, London
This Trompe L'Oiel is painted on a hallway wall outside the kitchen door. The client took me for a walk along the canal in Little Venice and pointed out the things she loved in the area: The church, the bridge, the railway sleepers propping up flower beds and the barges moored to the side. They chose lavender and jasmine for the pots on the window ledge.
Mount Tamalpais, California
This mural was painted on a wall in a basement in America - the second commission from this client. I had been inspired by the Californian scenery viewed from Mount Tamalpais - huge redwood trees, long beaches, eagles and mist creeping in towards San Francisco.
Cherry Blossom, London
The Client wanted me to paint a stylised cherry blossom in her sitting room. I searched for photographs of cherry blossom trees until I found an image of one bending over a lake. The trunk of the tree in the mural is formed by its shape. Unfortunately when I finished it was very dark so the photographs are somewhat blurred.
I am a mural and fresco painter living in London but painting all over Britain, Europe and the rest of the world creating hand-painted works of art for private clients, interior designers, architects and restaurateurs.
Unlike using wall paper with its endless repeats of the same pattern I can create a unique and individual room for you, tailor made to your requirements and reflecting your taste and style. The joy of painting a mural is that you are not restricted to just the walls but can paint onto the ceiling and floor, around frames, onto doors and cover ugly radiators, light fittings and coat pegs. I can paint the entire wall or just a small patch with something special. I can cover uneven surfaces and transform unusually shaped rooms.
I look forward to hearing from you and creating something truly special and unique for your home or business.