This mural is in a beautiful modern house that was once a model dairy farm, overlooking the River Stour in Suffolk. It is filled with light from its great picture windows, but this painted wall is in the entrance and is actually quite dark.
Long and narrow
The clients suggested La Caccia nella Foresta by Paolo Uccello (1397 – 1475). The Hunt in the Forest is a long and narrow painting in the Ashmolean museum in Oxford. I resized it to fit the large wall and tried to preserve the visual perspective that its author is so famous for.
I kept the details as stylised as possible. The horses were a challenge, especially with so many equestrians passing through the house. Adding small amounts of gold to bridles, saddles, swords and hunting equipment brought it back to a more decorative piece. Gold twinkles and hunters capture your imagination as you are lacing up your shoes and putting on your coat.
Stag and doe
On the other side of the wall I painted stags and does ready to escape from this early Renaissance hunt.
A story about the renovation and decoration of this elegant family home was published by Elle Decor.