Nussara Cregan: An Artist Specializing in Customized Murals ayasha August 15, 2016 Jerz's Life, USL Stories Welcome to a new edition of Today our guest is Nussara Cregan An artist specializing in customized murals Ayasha Roberson: Thank you, Nussara and welcome to Jerz Life Fashion Blog. Please tell us a little about yourself. Nussara Cregan: Thank you for interviewing me. My name is Nussara Cregan, I am a mural artist and the founder of Wondrous Walls. My company services residential and commercial clients in New Jersey, New York, and throughout the United States. Ayasha Roberson: Can you briefly tell me about your services? Nussara Cregan: I offer the finest mural paintings and faux finishing. My services include custom finishing for walls, ceilings, floors, furniture, and room accessories. I received my bachelor’s degree in Decorative Arts at Silpakorn University of Arts in Thailand. Later I earned my Masters Degree in Communication Arts from New York Institute of Technology. Ayasha Roberson: WOW…I am very impressed. Can you describe what a mural is? Nussara Cregan: The word “mural” originally meant “wall”. A mural is a painting or other artwork that is directly on a wall. However, over time the meaning of the mural has expanded to ceilings and floors. Some murals can be done on canvas attached to the walls. Murals are usually very large scale paintings. Manhattan of Italy Mural at Romeo’s Pizza in Jamesburg, NJ Ayasha Roberson: What’s the difference between a mural and graffiti? Nussara Cregan: Graffiti artists express their personal ideas or feelings. Sometimes the concept in graffiti “pops” and is eye catching. When you walk by, it is very noticeable right away. Graffiti is very free form in technique, as they use spray paints or strong bus paints. Murals are mostly done by artists to achieve the idea of a concept. Ayasha Roberson: Who inspired you to become an artist? Nussara Cregan: I am inspired by the famous Norman Rockwell and actually went to the Nassau Inn in Princeton, NJ. His mural of the Yankee Doddle is painted on the wall. I am so influenced by his work. I thought to myself years ago that I would love to do work like his. I started my career as a freelance artist by creating small murals. I really enjoyed it and started to do murals very seriously. Finally, I decided to start my own company. Ayasha Roberson: This sounds great. I definitely want to check out the Nassau Inn in Princeton, to see Norman Rockwell’s mural. Ayasha Roberson: What made you decide to go into business for yourself? Nussara Cregan: I used to be an interior designer at Architectural Firm. I had seen a lot of murals and knew that someday I would like to become a business owner. I decided that working a 9 to 5 job wasn’t for me so I started my own company. I like the flexibility that my company gives me. It has allowed me to work in the field and build strong relationships with my clients. Ayasha Roberson: How long have you been in business? Nussara Cregan: 10 years – we just celebrated our anniversary. Ayasha Roberson: That’s terrific! Congratulations on the success of your business. Nussara Cregan: Thank you! Ayasha Roberson: What are the challenges that you foresee for today’s artist community? Nussara Cregan: In my opinion, digital has taken over when it comes to the artist community. The younger generation is not exposed to enough paintings and drawings compared to when I was growing up because there was no digital community to influence artists. Luckily, I have noticed that for the past few years in many places that I have visited, I have seen an increase in the amount of public art on walls. I believe that this will inspire a new generation and possibly encourage them to become artists too. On the other hand, digital world has given artists many advantages because they are able to see artists’ work from around the world on their phones and connect to these artists within seconds. The digital world in this way has been a benefit to today’s artist community. Ayasha Roberson: What is your favorite mural that you have painted? Nussara Cregan: My favorite mural is one I painted last year at the Goddard School in Hazlet, NJ. It is located in the girls’ bathroom. It is an outdoor scene for little princesses. Girl’s Bath at the Goddard School in Halzet, NJ Ayasha Roberson: That is a great concept! Where do you see your business going within the next 10 years? Nussara Cregran: I would like for my company to do more exterior murals within the next 10 years. This would be my ultimate goal. And of course I want to continue providing our artistic services to commercial and residential clients. Exterior Mural of the Broad Street Diner in Keyport, NJ Ayasha Roberson: How can people reach out to you? Nussara Cregan: You can reach me through my website www.wondrouswalls.com and you can reach on social media Facebook.com/wondrouswalls twitter.com/wondrouswalls instagram.com/wondrouswalls Contact info: nussara@wondrouswalls 732-757-1923 Ayasha Roberson: I hope you enjoyed today’s interview and that you learned as much about Nussara and mural arts as I did. 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