Wall murals have a long tradition in America and in history.
Wall murals are an ancient form of decoration dating back to the Roman era and beyond. Beautiful examples abound. Ancient Pompeii, buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius is a notable surviving example from that era. But the art form is not just limited to ancient history. It was also a common form of decoration in early American interior decorating, with great artists such as Rufus Porter and Moses Eaton being prominent practitioners of the style. Their work has influenced many others, such as Hope Angier, an artist in mid coast Maine who continues to practice painting wall murals, like this one in an historic home in Maine. She painted the community where the house is located as well as the immediate surroundings of the house in a primitive pictorial style, reminiscent of work by Porter and Eaton. A beautiful way to add historical gravitas to a newly remodeled home, the images are a reminder of the history of the house, done in a style that is old but new.