The creative process; condensed.
In the beginning there was a client longing to look at leafy trees with a modern twist. Wallpaper, however, wasn't an option, thanks to an unusually high chair rail and some awkward window cutouts. In the end, we decided on dark trees painted on a warm white background spanning two 5' x 18' canvases which would later be cut to the room's measurements. Below is the partially finished canvas in my studio.
The trees are rendered in a charcoal grey to match the counter tops in a kitchen overlooking the dining room. The height restrictions inspired me to feature fewer individual trees, and to approach each one as a portrait, celebrating each particular, gnarled personality. Before-and-after pictures fascinate me so here are a few different views of the dining room during the installation of the painted canvases.
Light switch panels are painted to blend seamlessly into the background...and please forgive the (temporary) white switches shown above. Those will be replaced with charcoal gray, I promise.