The stone murals I design for my clients are typically scenery. They often go over a fireplace or a kitchen range. Think: stained glass in stone. Although I use a combination of stone, glass and tile for a full range of colors and textures.

Below is one I created recently that graces a back splash to a commercial-style kitchen range and flows around both sides of the hand-hammered copper range hood.

 Photo and Project courtesy of  Teresa's Tile & Carpet  in Lake Ozark, MO 

Photo and Project courtesy of Teresa's Tile & Carpet in Lake Ozark, MO 

I always start with a sketch (okay, several). Then I select each piece and color from a wide variety of stones and glass. I cut thin veneers of varying thickness, depending on the 3D effect I’m trying to achieve. The individual “puzzle pieces” are cut from a computerized water jet cutter.

 Using the dimensions from the client or contractor, I assemble the mural on a backing board which allows us to ship it ready for installation. This one went to the Ozarks.

Using the dimensions from the client or contractor, I assemble the mural on a backing board which allows us to ship it ready for installation. This one went to the Ozarks.

Here you see how the thicker stone pieces representing the tree boughs pop out from the blue background to put the tree in the foreground.

Each mural is assembled on a backing board, so that it can be transported and mounted on the job site. This one was shipped all the way from Duluth, Minnesota to the Ozarks.