It has been so fun to do this mural for Shelter Alternatives. As a mom of three young children I was hesitant to take on this project, but they were so gracious with my schedule and encouraging in the process, I’m so glad I did. The team at Shelter Alternatives made me feel at home and not at all in the way even as I clogged their hallway.
Being given the prompt of ‘a garden through a window’ I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to go about it until I found a photo of an idyllic garden on a foggy morning. From that point on it was just a matter of filling in the gaps in my imaginations with some of my favorite flowers in soft hues that fit with the foggy feel. As primarily a watercolor artist, it was a little out of my element painting with acrylic up on a wall, but I had a great deal of fun figuring out new techniques to achieve the feeling I was going for. I hope this painting evokes warmth and calm in the office and reminds you to look out your window to appreciate the creation around you.
Hannah Howard was raised in Blacksburg, Virginia and has been playing with art materials since she could walk. She took all the art classes she could and continued on to receive her Art Education degree from Radford University. She is deeply inspired by the Appalachian mountains and nature she views out her window on a daily basis. Hannah sees art as an ongoing process of growth and learning through experimentation and exploration. Her greatest desire for her art is to bring glory to her creator and inspire a feeling joy and peace. She is currently working on illustrating a children’s book and painting what tickles her fancy.
We'd like to thank you and the rest of Shelter Alternatives crew for helping us design and build our dream home...All of the people, including designers, site supervisor, carpenters, and front desk staff, were friendly and knowledgeable. The process was well-organized, service was prompt, quality control standards were high, and the final product was excellent....and (we) are continually overwhelmed by how beautiful and functional it is.
, December 1996