So just how much is this going to cost?

There are numerous factors I consider when painting your one-of-a-kind, high quality mural. Before painting even begins, I will give you the full, total cost in writing. Your mural will be priced per project, not per hour or per square foot. I primarily estimate each project by determining:

  • time
  • size
  • level of detail
  • materials

Other factors can also play a role in pricing, including but not limited to:

  • the use of ladders and scaffolding
  • heavy texture on your walls
  • amount of trim or furniture that needs to be taped and protected
  • exterior vs. interior
  • travel time
  • unusual/irregular hours in which site is available for painting
  • tight deadlines with minimal lead time

My initial consultation is free in the La Crosse area and very important in the process of determining your cost. It helps me understand the aura of your space and determine variables that could come into play that you may not be aware of. Most importantly, it helps me to get to know you a bit better so I can understand what you are visualizing for your walls. I want to design a mural that you will love for years to come. I may give you a ballpark price range in person, or email a highly detailed estimate, based on our discussions and the complexity of your mural. If you have a budget in mind, that will help me tremendously to come up with a design that fits within your budget. When you approve my estimate, we move forward with sketches.


I provide sketches for every single mural unless you are adamant that you want a surprise. I draw them to scale and re-work them 2-3 times until you are hopefully in love with them. There is a non-refundable sketch fee that starts at $75 per wall/mural but may be considerably higher depending on size and scope of the project. This fee will be applied toward the total due at signing of the commission agreement. Here is an example of my sketches and the final mural:

First round of sketches, giving my client two options for lettering and two different perspectives for the fire engine. In the end, they chose the fire engine in the first sketch and the lettering in the second sketch. Sketches help determine pricing for projects.

Final Sketch approved by client:

I draw all sketches to scale, including this one that has a fire engine and faux marble emblems between two windows of this fire station.
Sketch and Final Mural at Westby-Christiana Fire Department.

When you approve the final sketch, we move forward and sign a commission agreement, which thoroughly outlines your project and protects both parties. You can rest assured that you will have the total, final cost in writing before painting begins so there are no surprises upon completion. Fifty percent of the total mural cost is due at the signing of the commission agreement, which reserves your project dates in my calendar and allows me to purchase supplies. The remaining 50% is due when your mural is completed. The minimum fee for a simple, one-day mural (without varnishing) is $350.

Do you only paint murals?

I do take commissions for fine art on canvas and have specific prices for each size available. If you are interested, please contact me and I will email you a price sheet. Thank you!

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