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Murals

I love everything about painting murals. They stimulate my imagination to break out of the ego shell, to get out of myself — exstasis — because they force me to explore realms beyond my personal experience; to stretch my talent, imagination, and physical ability far beyond the comfortable necessities of easel painting.

Murals are works of art that decorate walls and tell a story; hence they are sometimes referred to as “Narrative Art.” Murals are designed for an ambulatory spectator, someone moving through time and space — as opposed to easel paintings, which are seen from a fixed vantage point.

Easel paintings, on a smaller, even intimate, scale can be created spontaneously. There is nothing spontaneous about murals. They are perfect examples of “planned pictures.” They proceed in stages: the conceptual sketch; the preliminary cartoon; the projection onto the wall; and the final execution in color. Their scale allows for complex compositions; the pictorial dynamics can be orchestrated symphonically, with different elements that have room to be exploited on a grand scale.

I feel happy to be a part of the tradition of this oldest form of art — murals — from the prehistoric walls of Altamira, Lascaux, the Tassili, and every culture worldwide, enduring even to our own time.


Arcadia

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Eleven Panels: 5′ x 72′, O:L on wall, Private Collection

William Woodward Arcadia Mural (Clyde's) Panel 3
Arcadia (Panel 3) · Click image to visit gallery page

The Great Odyssey of Medicine

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10′ x 50′, O:C on wall, Inova Fairfax Hospital (Fairfax, VA)

Center Panel · Click image to visit gallery page

The Greatest Show on Earth

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22′ x 44′,  O:C on wall, The Ringling Museum (Sarasota, FL)

The Greatest Show on Earth · Click image to visit gallery page

Historic Murals

Dolley Madison Rescuing the Portrait of George Washington

James Madison’s Montpelier Visitor Center (Madison, Virginia)

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Courtesy of Montpelier
Dolley Madison Mural, Final Rendering
Dolley Madison Mural, Conceptual Drawing

Jefferson at Monticello

6′ x 15′, O:C,  The Thomas Jefferson Visitors Center, Monticello (Charlottesville, VA)

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Jefferson at Monticello

A View of the Soldiers Home in Lincoln’s Time

8′ x 14′, O:C, The Lincoln Cottage Visitor Center (Washington, D.C.)

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William Woodward A View of the Soldiers Home in Lincoln’s Time
A View of the Soldiers Home in Lincoln’s Time