I am honored to present to you another very talented nursery mural artist. Her name is Allyn Howard. She is a fellow New Yorker stationed in Brooklyn. I have asked her my usual list of questions so you can get to know her a little bit better.
How long have you been in business?
I’ve been painting custom murals for about 6 years. I’ve worked as a scenic artist in the film business for over a decade, while I’ve continued to show and sell artwork.
How did you get started?
In 2003 I was exhibiting a range of paintings that included some for children’s rooms. A buyer asked if I’d be interested in painting a playroom for his daughter. I had made plenty of large artwork over the years, but was a little nervous once I saw the size of the room. They had just moved into a fabulous house in Mount Kisco, NY. It was by far the best experience I’ve had up to that point. I really enjoyed the freedom they gave me, especially creating the fun little scenarios between the animals. I think I’ve improved since that initial project, but I’m still very fond of it!
What is your favorite nursery mural that you have ever done?
It’s hard to say because whichever mural I’ve most recently completed tends to become my favorite. Right now it could be a tie between a few. I love “Space Mouse”, which I did for a toy store and two jungle themed murals I’ve painted. I also enjoy painting animals in cars, airplanes, hot air balloons… I have a “Scooter Dog” character I’ve done several times. I just can’t choose one above all.
Is there a nursery mural theme that you have not done yet that you would love to do?
I would be interested in an underwater or sea side theme, outer space, maybe monsters, but I definitely have a thing for painting the cute & furry ones like bunnies, dogs, bears, birds…
Is there anything else that you would like to add?
My business has expanded to include a line of greeting cards and baby & toddler tees. I’m currently launching lines of images & characters for licensing on products, predominantly in the children’s market. I feel really lucky to be painting murals for nurseries and kids’rooms. It’s great to see how a young child reacts to their new room. I often paint a nursery before the baby is born and it’s just as uplifting to see the excitement expressed by parents!
Check out Allyn’s website to see more of her work! www.AllynHoward.com