Mural Envy's mission is to transform overlooked spaces into areas of interest, inspiration and beauty.
Artist and owner Toni Miraldi is motivated by the belief that since we are subtly influenced by our environs, we should surround ourselves and our communities with small positive messages–through art, nature, architecture or kind words–to help combat feelings of suspicion, fear and despair.
Most of Miraldi's artistic inspiration comes from the natural world. She is fascinated by opposing forces found in nature: fragile and strong, beautiful and gruesome, independent from human influence and also sculpted by it. Timeless yet disappearing rapidly. She hopes to remind viewers of the beauty around us that we are often too distracted to notice.
Stylistically, Miraldi's background in graphic design and interior design are the filters through which she approaches her subjects. The skills honed in her professional life--attention to detail, efficiency, and economy--now influence her art. When she begins planning a new work, she starts with something familiar and put it through a series of refinements until it is reduced to a collection of simplified shapes and colors. The resulting image is a stylization of the original, a different but recognizable form, which allows viewers to approach the familiar in a fresh way.