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1. How did you get started painting?
I have always loved art. I studied fine art and advertising art in college but when I was able to put it into practice I found it too restricting. I went onto teach fine art in NC high schools and loved watching kids react to art the way I had as a student. During that time a co-worker ask if I would paint a mural her babies room. Why not? The rest is history. I taught until my son was born and made murals a full-time gig. Now I can’t imagine it any other way (though, I do miss my students).
2. Where do you work?
I work all over North Carolina though am always willing to travel when it’s near friends and family. Specifically… CT, NY, CA, MD, FL, PA 🙂
3. What was your all time favorite children’s mural that you have painted and why?
Tough question! They are all so different. Some murals I loved because the moms loved them so much! It’s pretty amazing to cause someone cry from pure joy when they see their new, special nursery! I love doing murals that are personalized, like the lamb mural I made for a friend who’s husband was from New Zealand. They wanted their son to feel apart of both NC and New Zealand and the mural reflected that well. I also really enjoyed the painting I did for the Duke Pediatrics corridor. It was recieved so warmly and the patiants always stopped to enjoy it as they walked the halls. Some murals look really pretty and some evoke emotion. It’s fun to mix it up.
So, I guess I can’t answer that very well…that may explain why I have yet to do the rooms for my own children. I put so much pressure on myself, maybe I’m waiting for the “ultimate” mural!
4. What children’s mural theme have you always wanted to paint, but haven’t yet?
I have done a few peaceful beach rooms but never a cool, realistic surfer beach theme. I LOVE the beach and imagine if I could have painted my room as a kid that is what I would have selected…what would be better then looking at that as you wake everyday before school? Come to think of it, maybe that answers question #3! I hope my boys like the idea of having a surfer room. I will live vicariously through them.
This is one of my favorites of Lauren’s murals. I love all the detail!