The Process

Most murals will cost between $10 to $40 per sq. ft. with a $500 minumum, depending on the intricacy, the size, any obstacles I have to work around, materials etc.  That’s a big range right?  How can you know what type of price tag to expect?
To convolute this topic even more, each mural that I paint is custom and therefore creating pricing guides can be a little difficult. Working on a ceiling, on rough texture, high up, or outside, or on a complicated subject (a mural with a lot of text or a lot of faces) is going to cost more than simple patterns, block colors, and large areas of less detail.  Some projects with text require templates at an additional cost, while others don’t. With so many variables that have to be considered I think its unfair and a bit illogical to create a square foot price guide that could possibly mislead or discourage a potential client.



I am ALWAYS willing to work with clients that are on a budget, and have used many creative methods of giving people the most bang for their buck!  Whether it takes breaking up a mural, painting certain sections in less detail, having the client do some prep work, etc. there is always something that can be done to bring the cost down if need be. My main goal is to create something within your budget that does not sacrifice the standards I keep for my murals.
If you already have a specific image in mind pricing is pretty straight forward.  However there are many times when I get called to come out and look at a wall where my clients have no idea what they want, or they have a general idea. That’s great! These are some of my favorite jobs because I get to be extra creative.  I love murals with lots of little details, but an hour here and two hours there painting birds and lizards can really add up!   
  1. Discovery Conversation

    Give me a call or shoot me an email with a description of your project, including the size of the wall and brief description of the space and creative direction for the artwork. If you are able to e-mail me photos or architectural renderings of the space before our first phone call, that is ideal. After an in-depth conversation about the project either via phone call or onsite, I will provide you with a written work estimate.

  2. Signed Contract Agreement and Design Deposit

    If you would like to move forward with the design phase for the work, please send the signed contract along with the design deposit back to me. The design deposit can vary based on the size of the project, but typically the deposit is 10%. Once I receive the design deposit and signed contract I will begin work on designs for your wall and schedule the project.

  3. Design Process and Sketch

    We begin the design process with a clear description of the “feel” or “mood” of the piece. This is typically achieved through a collaborative brainstorming session, and by sharing visual ideas and images that might inspire the artwork.

    From our initial design conversation, I may create a sketch. Depending on the subject and style of the project, the sketch might be a digital rendering or collage, or a pen and pencil. Many time a sketch is not necessary, but that is something we will discuss.

    We then have a follow up conversation to integrate your feedback on the designs, and if necessary, I will come up with a completely revised design. In either case, the design that we settle on becomes a roadmap, not an exact literal representation of what the finished work of art will look like. In my experience, knowing the “signposts” — having a clear design direction — is imperative for a successful project. However, in order to create my best works of art, it is important to let a more intuitive creative process take over when I am onsite. When I am working in the space where the artwork will be, interacting with the people who use the space, I have more sources of inspiration than I do when I am coming up with a design in my quiet, controlled studio. I might tweak the colors, scale and composition relative to the immediate environment. Either way, the ideas I come up with onsite, “elbow deep” in paint are what make the artwork truly site-specific and integrated with the immediate environment.

  4. Mural Deposit

    A deposit, typically 50% of my total fee, is due the first day of onsite painting.  At this time, we will review the mural design concept again and see if either of us have had any new thoughts or ideas on the mural design.

  5. Painting

    I typically paint for about 6 hours each day, usually starting around 10am. On outdoor projects, I may start as early as 6 am or as late as noon, depending on the sun exposure of the wall. You are welcome to watch the process unfold. I like to touch base regularly as the work progresses to ensure that expectations are being met and everything is on the right track.

    Clients usually comment on how quickly the work progresses. My focus is on getting things right, and I work until we are both satisfied with the results. I let you know when I am close to completion and we review the work together to see if there is anything was missed or doesn’t feel right. We create a list of final tweaks that are needed, and, assuming it is within the original scope, I make the final adjustments. Then the mural is complete.

  6. Final Payment

    A final payment of the full remaining balance is due upon completion of the mural.

Trusting a mural artist with your wall is a leap of faith. I feel extremely privileged to do this work and feel incredibly grateful to each and every client who has trusted me with their walls over my 20 years as a professional mural artist.