Using a combination of traditional painting techniques and durable modern materials, Michael creates stunning artistic murals and trompe l’oeil features for private homes and commercial premises. Each of Michael’s murals is tailored to meet client specifications and matched to the decorative requirements of specific sites and situations. Each mural is individually designed and handpainted by the artist.

Michael offers a complete mural and trompe l’oeil design service for the home. He has extensive experience working with private clients and interior designers to create unique decorative features of the highest quality. His residential commissions include bedroom murals, bathroom murals, murals for living areas, kitchen murals, ceiling murals and murals for stairwells, passageways and hallways. He has painted numerous pool murals and murals for play rooms and basements as well as exterior garden murals. See examples of Michael’s residential murals.

Michael has extensive experience working with interior designers and architects to deliver murals, trompe l’oeil and other kinds of decorative features for clients in a variety of commercial contexts. His painting commissions include murals for hotels, cafés, bars, restaurants, offices, casinos, shops and supermarkets. Michael’s encyclopedic knowledge of decorative styles and mural techniques makes him a sought-after consultant for clients considering incorporating murals or trompe l’oeil in any decorative scheme. See examples of Michael’s commercial murals.

Trompe l’oeil
Trompe l’oeil is a painting technique that creates the illusion of three-dimensional objects and spaces on flat surfaces. It’s a technically demanding technique whose success depends on the artist’s mastery of classical perspective. Michael Alford frequently incorporates trompe l’oeil into large murals, using painted architecture and faux sky to create illusions of space on walls, ceilings, cupolas, domes and vaults. Trompe l’oeil can also be effective on a smaller scale. Michael uses it to create playful features such as niches, windows, doorways and painted objects such as animals or urns. See examples of Michael’s trompe l’oeil.