There isn't a day that goes by that Eccleshall doesn't have his hands in paint or on some other drawing tool, be it a pencil or a computer.
How did you get started in that field? I’ve painted for as long as I can remember, but the mural business found me in 1994, when I was offered an opportunity to join a decorative painting company as a mural painter’s assistant. Two years later I had my own business painting murals.
What’s a typical day like? There are no typical days. I will either be out onsite, painting a mural in someone’s home or business, or in the studio working on paintings, which I show at Cole Gallery in Edmonds. Or I’ll be designing the next project or marketing the business.
Like any small business owner, there is no downtime — there is always work to be done, and when there isn’t, there’s work to be found!
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If I’m out on site I’ll typically get an early start, working if possible by 7:30 or 8 a.m. so that I can be home in time to pick my son up from school. I don’t usually take breaks during the day except for 10 minutes or so for lunch. The day just flies by and I enjoy the painting process so much I don’t want to stop.
What’s the best part of the job? I get to be creative every day of my life. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t have my hands in paint or on some other drawing tool, be it a pencil or a computer. I am aware of just how lucky I am to love what I do for a living. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been painting in one form or another for 30 years! Time really does fly when you’re having fun.
What surprises people about your work? That [clients] can literally have anything they want, and how easy and fun the process is. The clients are part of the design process, and this ensures that they are comfortable with the finished result. After all, the mural is not just something to hang on the wall — it’s part of the architecture of their home.