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Murals Make a Home Unique: Transforming blank walls
into spectacular scenes

By Laura Catalano, The Mercury, February 24, 2002

The first time local artist Pat Barth was asked to paint a mural inside a private home, she balked.

"I thought why would someone want that? It's so tacky," she confessed during a recent interview. Then she saw one done, and her attitude transformed instantly from skepticism to admiration.

"It's so great. Why wouldn't you want one?" she now wonders.

In fact, plenty of people do. And Barth is one of several area artists who earn a living transforming blank walls into spectacular scenes.

In one recently completed nursery, hot air balloons float over a painted, mountainous landscape, complementing the hilly view seen form the window. In another home, Barth brushed in trees and broken sunlight arching over the windows of a sun room. A Reading shoe store bears her work as well. A fairy tale garden, with a marble staircase Ñ a glass shoe whimsically set on one step.

There's no doubt about it. Murals aren't just for artsy folks or businesses anymore.

Conshohoken artist Carrie Kingsbury has been painting murals for the past four years. She's seen demand for her work increase every year. Often, her customers are homeowners who opt for custom artwork as an alternative to wallpaper.


Carrie Kingsberry Makes Your Home Her Canvas
House & Home, October 17, 2001, by Tamara A. Measler

Imagine coming home after a particularly difficult day at work, slipping off your shoes as you enter the door, and picking up the paper as you sit down to your favorite chair. You relax for a moment, closing your eyesand taking a deep breath, and then opening your eyes to a stunning vista of a rippling brook tripping over stones as it meanders through a green forest cluttered with wildflowers.

How is this possible, you ask, in the concrete jungles we affectionately call home? Carrie Kingsbury, artist and owner of Promiseland, can provide you with just such a view or any other that suits your fancy. She makes her living painting murals for bedrooms, living rooms, nurseries and coffeehouses. Her work is creative and varied, consisting mainly of interior residential work, and ranging from a jungle scene in a nursery to a winter snowboarding scene to a faux window with a beachfront view.

Kingsberry finds great pleasure in providing her customers with an atmosphere that allows them to go into a room and see something unique.

"I love to transform a room into a totally different world, and I love to make my customers dreams come true," she said.

Kinsberry has been painting since she was a toddler and began working with oils at the age of six. As an adult, she viewed a mural on television, realized that she could do similar work, and love and enjoy doing it, and decided to pursue the career.

She learned the tricks of the trade from a muralist in Bala Cynwyd, who she assisted for several months. Two years ago, she began her own business, Promiseland, and has been steadily increasing her workload ever since.

"I started by doing murals for several friends, and from there, the business grew mostly through word-of-mouth."

The positive publicity as well as effective advertising had led Kingsbury to produce over 50 murals. She prides herself on her ability to work closely with customers to produce the mural they are anticipating.

This versatility includes matching the paint to specific requested colors (especially useful when matching other items in the room), the rendering of client's pets incorporated into the murals, working with the client's reference materials, whatever the artistic style, or providing suggestions and advice when needed.

Kingsberry's ads indicate that clients can call for a free quote. When she hears from a potential new client, Kingsberry arranges to meet them, view the space to be painted and discuss, in detail, their vision for the mural. Sketches are made, if necessary, and quotes are provided. Kingsberry has also submitted watercolors for more elaborate jobs with required approvals, such as those being done in concert with an interior decorator.

Many of her initial murals were for nurseries or children's bedrooms. Kingsberry believes that a beautiful room environment is a good childcare, leading to intellectual and creative stimulation of the child.

"I did a jungle scene for one family. The mural helped the baby learn the various jungle animals I painted in her room. The children love the rooms, and it's very good for their for their imaginations."

In addition to murals, Kingsberry does portraits. Her medium is oil, and she uses a realism style. She especially enjoys doing children's portraiture, usually working from the photos supplied by her clients. Working with photos allows her to reach a national demographic, and she plans to take advantage of this larger market via the Internet.

"Painting babies is really enjoyable for me. I also love the reaction of the parents when they see the finished product; they usually cry from the overwhelming emotions they feel."

Kingsberry also enjoys painting furnature and hopes to expand this portion of her business in the near future.

Her dreams for expansion include a line of painted furniture and portraits. If you wish to learn more about what Carrie Kingsbury does or to receive a quote for your own paint dream, check out her website at promiselandart.com, send her an e-mail at promiselandart@prodigy.net or call her at 610-238-0134.


 Working Magic With Paints:

Local artist turns nothing into something

The Recorder, July 6, 2000

Local artist Carrie Kingsbury of West Conshohocken, was recently commissioned to paint a jungle themed mural at the Little Munchkins Day Care center on Fayette St. in Conshohocken.

Born in New York, Carrie has always had a passion for art, and began getting commission work while in grade school where she painted logo design and portraitures.

Encouraged and taught by her large family of artists, her mother, both grandfathers, and almost all her aunts are in some art-related profession.

When it came time to decide her major, kit was a “no brainer” Carrie said.

While staying with family in North Dakota, she received many scholarships and awards at Bismark State College where she earned two associate degrees, one in fine art and one in graphic design.

A year ago, after moving to West Conshohocken with her husband, Carrie began her business and started painting portraits, wall murals and furniture.

None of dull off-white or blue for Carrie. It was magical scenes that came to life to the enjoyment of all who saw it.

Since then, business has been “booming” as word of mouth speads the of Carries magic touch with paint.

The name of her business is “Promiseland” because her work is doing so well, she said, that she feel “as if it's God's promise to bless me has been fulfilled.”

“I've always dreamed of doing this,” Carrie said about the murals she's done, mainly focusing on Children's themes.

“Whatever makes the children happy, makes me happy, too,” she said.


Kingsbury's Artistic Talent:
Clear as writing on the walls


By Carl Rotenberg, The Times Herald, July 6, 2000

WEST CONSHOHOCKEN — Carrie Kingsbury's imagination can be seen on select walls, ceilings and doors in private homes and Fayette Street day care center.

The West Conshohocken resident and muralist paints wall murals and furniture to delight newborn babies and the child lurking in every adults' heart.

At the Little Munchkins Day Care, which opened Monday in Calvary Epscopal Church, a jungle/fish-themed mural covers two oversize, sliding pocket doors in the 40-child daycare center.

“It looked like something fun to brighten up the room.” said Alice Allan, the owner of the Little Munchkins. “It's a nice conversation topic for the kids.”

Kingsbury started painting murals seven months ago after forming Promiseland. She works from her West Conshohocken home, where the center island is decorated with a painted paper flower.

My favorite paintings are children's themes,” she said. “I do whimsical, fun murals.”

She has gone as far west as San Mateo, Calif. to paint a mural and as close as a Conshohocken private home. Her girlfriend commisioned the California mural for her child's bedroom.

A doctor from the Main Line hired Kingsbury to decorate the armoire, two dressers, a night table and two wooden beds in a guest room.

Her customers know what they want, in most cases, before she comes to paint.

“They've been dreaming about it for a long time usually, said Kingsbury.

She grew up in Media, Delaware County and North Dakota and earned a graphic design and fine arts degree as Bismark State Collage in 1989. She learned to paint murals while assisting muralist Karen Trible of Bala Cynwyd for several months.

Kingsbury first sketches out the main figures objects in colored pencil on a blue base coat. She uses “mistake paints” from Home Depot and an “underpainting” technique. A full-size mural can take eight hours or several days to complete depending on the complexity of the project.

“I think like a kid,” said Kingsbury with a smile and a giggle. “If you saw my house you would know.”