Featured Image: Basement Mural with Music Theme.
Linda Holmes of Design Illusions is a talented and creative professional with many ‘strings to her bow’. With twenty years of experience, Linda provides many artistic services: she paints wall murals, invents stunning wall finishes, creates custom canvases, produces fine art pieces and designs custom cabinetry.
Whatever your preference or desire, Linda will do her utmost to make it creatively viable. She works with most decorating mediums to create your vision, be it an antique world map on a ceiling, a Trompe L’oeil on a staircase, gold leaf applications in your powder room or an oil painting for a special spot in your home.
Linda’s personal touch will give any room an atmosphere, personality or the illusion you have always dreamed of.
I have known Linda for a number of years and our paths have crossed a few times in our world of design. Her work is exceptional and coupled with her charming personality and integrity I know you will never be disappointed!
For more information, please visit Linda’s website: www.designillusions.ca
Getting to Know Linda …….
Where does your creative energy come from?
A lot of my inspiration comes from art history and its impact on the style, shape and colour of today. Nature and the ever changing interior design industry also offer huge inspiration. For me, it is very exciting to talk to people about art and design, see new materials and design ideas and reinterpret them.
My discipline and strict work ethic were derived from growing up on a dairy farm with no brothers. My twin sister and I were up early helping milk the cows and contributed to the hard work at the barn and in the fields.
What is your starting point?
I first meet with the client on site to discuss their vision and learn from them their passions, colour preferences and ideas for a specific space or wall. With regard to murals and custom canvases, after researching and working on the concept, I will present ideas with scaled renderings and photographic material. With wall finishes, I will show the client various sample boards created specifically for their space.
How much direction does a client generally offer?
It varies from client to client. Some clients know exactly the imagery or look they want while other clients have a rough concept that they want developed. I find the creative process is most effective if I am given an artistic challenge that is original to the specific client.
What has been your most difficult design in the way of logistics?
My most difficult design has involved great heights of scaffolding and scaling huge images. Keeps me in shape!
One client asked that I paint her large dining room mural only in candlelight as that is the only way she entertains. I had to paint after dark for hours and I am a morning person!
What has been your most favourite creation so far?
Two creations come to mind. The first is a large triptych oil painting featuring a woman in a long dress walking away from you into a garden.
The second is a contemporary painting of abstracted figures cut into large puzzle pieces and installed in a dining room with three of the pieces not joined.