"When I was five years old, I tested my crayons on a new surface -----
a hallway in my parents' home. My mother's response was a bit unexpected:
She placed a tape line from ceiling to floor and said, "Keep it on this side."
I've created hundreds of drawings since that crayon adventure on the hall wall.
Now I've come full circle; I am again making wall-size art.
But now, instead of crayon, I use high-quality paint to create murals for a variety of clients.
"Each mural starts with a series of very loose sketches in pencil, pastel, or oil wash on paper.
"After the wall has been cleaned and primed, I transfer my composition to the wall using a grid method or a projector. And sometimes I dive right in and free-hand the entire composition, using my sketches as a general guide.
"When using oil-base mural paints, I keep the paint film thin, building up transparent layers, that create an illusion of depth and atmospheric distance in the final work.
"I limit the amount of white and rarely use black. Most of my murals are created using only six to seven colors and sometimes as few as four."
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