The Night Sky Murals Timeline

*Three redwoods 1969 – I experienced my first “real” night sky while camping in the redwoods, near my home in California. It was so amazing, and impactful, that I still see it vividly in my mind to this day. That night sky, so long ago, was the “idea seed” that eventually would grow into Night Sky Murals.

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* 1969-1980 – The memory of the first night sky kept eating at me. I needed to see more night skies like that one, but we lived in the city, and that just wasn’t possible. Still… my mind stayed busy trying to figure out a way to either live near an area that was dark enough for those types of skies, or I needed to find something else that would be just as good.

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* Jeff in Argentina in 19801980-1982 – These two years had me living in the southern hemisphere. I lived in Argentina where I saw my share of starry night skies… but a totally different one, with different constellations. That was fine, though, because I didn’t know much about constellations back then and I really only looked at the night sky as a whole. That’s the way I still enjoy looking at it… in it’s entirety. Still, I continued thinking about possible ways to be close to a really beautiful night sky every night. Hmmmm… maybe I would live in the country.

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* 1984-1986 – I was living and working in Seattle for a couple of years and, while it is beautiful up there… you really don’t get to see much of the night sky. Too many clouds.

But, the good thing about all of the cloud cover is that it got me thinking about ways to have the night sky visible, even when it was cloudy. I’d seen the plastic, cartoon-looking, sticker stars before, but I wanted something much more realistic. I bought my first jar of glow paint (a really ugly green color that was both ugly in the dark, and in the light) and planned out how I would paint my ceiling… then I painted it. At the time, I thought it was pretty nice, but looking back from¬†today’s vantage¬†point, it was horrible. I decided to paint a second ceiling in that apartment and I tried a few new things, hoping for a slightly better outcome. Better… but again, looking back, it was horrible.

Some friends a few apartments over asked if I would paint a mural for their daughters. “Sure,” I thought… “why not?” I painted the girl’s rooms and then another couple while I was in the Seattle area. Then I moved back to California.
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* Cayucas, CA1987-1990 – I lived and started a business on the Central Coast. I loved my years living on the central coast. Whether in a car, or on my motorcycle, the scenery and weather were just perfect. I was in heaven. Then one night while I was driving back home (to my house in Cambria), I was driving along an area of the highway that paralleled the beach. There were no houses in that area, or anything… and it was pitch black. Just before the road was about to turn to the right, and away from the beach… out of the corner of my eye I saw something bright. That was a little strange because the night was incredibly dark and there was nothing out to my left except ocean. I guess it could have been an oil tanker, but whatever it was it had me curious, and I pulled over to the side of the road and got out.

There it was again!!! The thing that was so bright, that it caught my eye, was the Milky Way… and once again it had me frozen in awe. It was amazing, and so was the rest of the sky that night. So much so that it renewed my desire to get better at painting the night sky on ceilings… even if it was just for myself. I got more paint and started practicing again.
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* 1991-2000 – I continued to move around every couple of years, and I stayed busy working, both for myself and for others… but I was now more focused on getting better at the ceilings. It was easier to practice too, because with the murals starting to get better (come on, I’d painted quite a few by now), more friends started asking me to paint one for them too. So, I did. But now I was getting smarter. I’d tell them that I would paint a mural for them… but they, in turn, needed to be brutally honest with me about what they liked and didn’t like with the murals. I got better.

Kept working, playing softball, and painting more murals. Kept getting better. The murals were really starting to look realistic by this time. I was pleased.
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* 2000-2002 – I moved once again, back to the Salt Lake City area, where I’d lived for a couple of years previously, and worked at a few different jobs. You know, my entire life, no matter if I was working for someone else, or for myself, I never seemed to be fulfilled in what I was doing. I always joked that I hoped I would figure out what I wanted to do with myself before too long… because my friends had been in careers for years. The last straw for me was when I was working in a business that required a LOT of paperwork… and my brain is not wired for doing a lot of paperwork. I remember sitting at a stoplight, stressing about the paperwork that I had waiting for me, and thinking about what I could do for work, that I actually enjoyed. And that’s the moment it hit me. As I sat there at that traffic I thought, “Why don’t I paint murals of the night sky for people?” I mean… people already liked them, and even though they weren’t up to the quality that I had in my mind, they were still better than the plastic, sticker stars!
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* Jeff in his office2002-Present – Night Sky Murals is officially no longer just a thought. I quit my job, put out some ads. and started building my business. I would never recommend just up and quitting a job that is bringing in income, to start a business… but that’s how I did it. Sometimes I’m a little too spur-of-the-moment for my own good. But, I am still painting the night sky today, and I travel around the country, Canada and possibly soon to other parts of the world. It still amazes me that something that started as a hobby now has me criss-crossing the country… and painting for some of the wealthiest people in the world, and some of the most famous. Please don’t ask who. If you don’t see their names in a testimonial… then I have probably been asked not to name them.

And, that’s it… I’m still painting. I also have a new Night Sky Murals brand, DIY stencil kit that is in the testing stage as I write this, and soon to be sold to the hundreds of people who have been begging for a quality stencil. I can promise this… the stencils are amazing. I’ve worked on them for almost 8 years (mostly because of time constraints) but also because I wanted them to be perfect… and to allow someone, who wants to climb up on a ladder and get a lot of sore muscles, to paint a very nice mural. Also on the horizon are plans to train others to paint the murals with the techniques that I have learned over the years, and use today… because I can’t do this forever, and not everyone wants to paint a mural themselves, or with a stencil.

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