Murals & Exhibit Painting

Pratt Museum of Natural History geology panel 1

I paint exterior and interior murals for museums, nature centers, businesses, organizations and private homes. Murals are designed to aesthetically enhance and compliment a specific space and can illustrate a subject or theme, educate or advertise, or simply decorate. Large, wall-covering murals dramatically transform the space they occupy and can make a plain-looking room or hallway special and exciting.

My mural painting style is lush and boldly colored, the composition dynamic, well-balanced and in harmony with the space. Wildlife, other animals and human beings are vividly portrayed and in motion. I will meet with you to discuss and plan a mural for your business, home or organization, and will go over preliminary sketches with you before presenting a final to-scale draft sketch in color pencil for your approval. I pay the same careful attention to detail whether I am painting a mural depicting a wetlands habitat for a nature center or a fantasy garden for a child’s bedroom.

CT River mural, white herons and kingfisher

I paint murals in latex, a water-based house-paint. Interior murals are painted in washable egg-shell finish and will last indefinitely. Exterior murals are painted in flat-finish exterior paint which can last decades if there is not too much exposure to direct sun (sunlight is more damaging to exterior paint than rain, cold or snow), so some thought needs to be given to where the mural will be.

I paint directly on walls or on specially treated plywood panels that can be affixed to an exterior wall of any kind. (While I will advise on the hanging of plywood panels, I do not do that work myself.)

I work in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, southern and central Vermont and New Hampshire, and in some cases on the eastern side of New York state.

I love painting expansively on walls. The following photo-galleries show some of my murals.

The first job I ever had as an artist in a museum was in New Zealand. I lived in Auckland not far from the Auckland Domain, the central park in the city. Crowning the highest ground in the Domain was the Auckland War Memorial Museum. I was hired in 1982 to help paint a mural in the Pacific Canoe Hall, a vast cavern of a room housing at least a dozen huge ocean-going Polynesian, Melanesian and Micronesian canoes, several of them over two-hundred years old. I worked with two other artists in a team, creating the central map and the designs on either side.

This mural in the stairway of the Children's Museum at Holyoke was part of a museum-wide program of exhibits and activities called "Between the Canals." The configuration of the broad stairway naturally suggested to me the design of the mural: At the top of the staircase is the wall of an abandoned brick factory building, now the environment of many species of wildlife that have adapted to urban living. Beyond the wall, in the distance, is the Holyoke Dam. As you descend the staircase, you are led past wetlands along the shore and beneath the surface of the river. Each step down the stairs reveals another level of environmental habitats rich with wildlife. This mural took me about four months to paint and was completed in 2005. 

I painted these panels for the Holyoke Carousel, where they hang in the area reserved for private birthday parties.

There are four murals in this gallery. The first, of the Amherst (Massachusetts) Farmer's Market, was commissioned by the Amherst Housing Authority and was painted in the main lobby of the public housing building in 2000. The second mural, which I called the "Celestial Carousel", runs around the walls of the children's waiting room at Hadley Family Practice in Hadley, Massachusetts (1999). I painted the third mural in the entrance lobby of the main building on the Greenfield Community College campus. The last mural in this series, a southwestern scene, was painted in a private home.