In 1999 I gave birth to my son and soon became absorbed in the wonderful art for children that I saw in children’s books and murals and decided that doing children’s murals would be a perfect way to bring my love of animals and my love of landscapes together in a playful and childlike way.
My first mural commission was a farm scene that I did for a child’s room when he was three years old. He is now 11 and still loves it!
I am also a part-time special education teacher and work with young children. Many of the children I work with have sensory integration issues and so I am sensitive to the needs of children who might be overly sensitive to their environment and can accommodate the special needs of each child.
When I work on a mural, I strive to create a whimsical world that children can imagine themselves in but appeals to adults as well because the landscapes are painterly and beautiful and at the same time child-like and magical. The animals that I paint are right at home driving trucks or trains or can be seen high above the sky piloting airplanes or hot-air balloons. When painting animals, I always try to instill a gentle and loveable quality in them while at the same time, keeping them naturalistic.
Some of my most recent commissions are; an alphabet train mural for a bathroom at the Rhinelander school and a Japanese landscape that a mom requested for her little girl’s room after having taken a trip there during the cherry blossom season. It was so much fun to create this room and the overall effect was enchanting for mom and her daughter.
I will provide sketches and small studies before beginning a mural I am also very open to the suggestions of each child and parent and always willing to accommodate their wishes.