Over the last ten years I have ventured into large scale murals. First in egg tempera on dry wall and more recently the most demanding and difficult medium of fresco. Fresco is the traditional technique of painting in sections into wet plaster on the wall (like Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel). This was the method used in the Waterperry project, a major fresco cycle spanning three floors at Waterperry House in Oxfordshire for which I was one of the senior design team and also acted as project manager. I have carried out smaller murals for Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in London and others in domestic settings. The most recent commission is a mural in the dining room of a beautiful villa near Lucca carried out in egg tempera by myself and my wife Belinda. One of the most difficult things to master is scale, from a fourteen inch design to a fourteen or forty foot wall is a big change. The experience of working on large murals has given me more confidence and understanding. To be asked to do a painting 20 foot high or 40 foot long is no longer daunting but something to relish.
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