Having focused mainly on my resin art for the past years, it was a really refreshing and exciting time to work on my first big mural here in Cornwall recently. If you have been following my journey since the beginning in Indonesia, you probably know that I created a few murals there. They are a completely different style to my resin artwork, inspired by flowers, plants and underwater patterns using simple shapes and freehand linework rather than my flowing abstract work. It takes a different kind of focus to 'get it right' and I absolutely loved spending some time using actual paint brushes again.
I was commissioned by Nicola O'Mara, a succesful local interior designer, to create a hand-painted 200 square feet (18.5 square metres) floral/coral-inspired mural for her client in Mawgan Porth. The property is an incredible two-level beach house on a hill with six bedrooms, a swimming pool, jacuzzi, surfboard racks, outdoor showers and stunning ocean views. It was a definite 'level up' from the places I've painted murals before so you can imagine my excitement!
This poolside project took a bit longer than expected due to the inconsistent weather (classic Cornwall); approximately two weeks of actual work spread over four weeks. It was a surprisingly relaxing job despite the underlying pressure I felt to deliver something perfect, but in such a beautiful location it's hard to feel stressed. I listened to Disney playlists, hardcore metal (because, balance) and true crime podcasts, or sometimes just the waves crashing on the nearby beach with the early evening birdsongs in the background.
The beach house is currently undergoing a complete interior transformation by Nicola and her team. Once finished, this property will be available to rent via Beach Retreats Cornwall.
A huge thanks to Nicola and her client for this amazing opportunity. Thanks to George at The Paint Spot in Newquay, who went out of his way to provide the specific paints and colours I needed and then even delivered them to my door. And of course thanks to Ant who helped me on the first days of painting and for making me look way cooler than I actually am in the photos.
Here it is! I hope you like it.