" Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men" Colossians 3:23
Well, happy Monday everyone, and it's back to work after a fantastic weekend of celebrating our Lord's Resurrection with the saints.
We're gearing up to head out for another trophy room project. Robert works as a self employed freelance artist and we have two main clients that provide the lion's share (no pun intended) of our bread and butter.
One is a taxidermy exhibitor where he works as their sole muralist painting landscape backdrops for trophy rooms. Some of the murals are done on huge canvases in the shop but some of them have to be painted on location which typically takes several weeks, depending on the size of the room.
Trophy rooms are like small private natural history museums, for big game hunters and are quite elaborate when completed. Our part is to paint the background murals that correspond with the place the animals have come from. When I say "our", I mean Robert does the painting, and I gather reference materials, print photos to work from, email the client with updates, order supplies, do the bookkeeping, and provide moral support when we're on the road.
Here's a little demonstration video I put together a few years ago to show how we do trophy rooms on location. This one was in Utah.
Below is a new mural he did for the Cabela's store that opened earlier this year in Anchorage, Alaska.
Next to the taxidermy company, Robert works alongside his longtime friend and very talented artist partner, Paul Manktilow, who contracts with Cabela's. When they work on murals for a store they each paint their own murals. They've been doing stores together throughout the US for over a decade. Most of what they do is on canvas in the shop at home, and the murals are put up like wallpaper.I'm so thankful God provides these projects because the life of an artist can literally be feast or famine.
Below: Robert and Paul when we worked at the Cabela's store in Austin, Texas -2005Related blogposts: