Just who is this guy anyway?
Michael Cooper is well into his third decade of painting large-scale custom wall murals. He also provides decorative finishes, Venetian Plasters, Trompe L’oeil, and hand-painted large-scale graphics and signage. Mike started Murals & More LLC in 1990 with his wife and business partner, Mickie, and since then he has designed and painted everything from small interior residential projects to enormous hotel interiors, massive exterior highway painting projects and fabulous Public Art installations. Also an accomplished decorative painter, Mike has transformed many surfaces into amazing faux brick, intricate marble and classic Italian Plaster. He is internationally renowned for his attention to detail and his ability to create realistic and whimsical trompe l’oeil murals. People have simply been amazed at discovering what they thought was a series of wrought iron balconies or a clumsily placed ladder was actually a flat painted surface.
With the encouragement of his wife, Cooper founded Murals & More LLC after painting murals as a hobby for nearly his entire life. His first association with a mural was actually in his hometown of Memphis, in the first grade, (too many years ago!) where his winning drawings were incorporated into a large tile mural, which still exists today. Even though his specialty is custom, large-scale wall murals and decorative finishes, Michael has also provided his clients with painted furniture, ceiling murals, floor cloths, backdrops, canvas murals and many other specialty items.
What’s Mike been doing lately?
His most recent commercial projects include a 25’ x 70’ tribute to the Bourbon Trail mural, and a 30’ x 50’ Welcome postcard mural, both in Lebanon, KY. He and his mural artist crew just completed a 10’ x 22’ Trompe L’oeil truck stop diner mural for a Brentwood firm, featuring photo-realistic renditions of over a dozen music legends. A new local landmark is the 25’ x 70’ Trompe L’oeil brick wall for a STEM school in downtown Nashville. A 12’ x 140’ exterior tribute to Lewis and Clarke in Hohenwald, TN, adds to his collection there, and an entire exterior wall of “ghost murals” for a new downtown Nashville restaurant helps them sell their sausages. (And that’s not even mentioning his residential projects!)
In order to share his almost 30 years of experience as a professional mural artist, Michael (and Mickie!) has also been teaching classes in the art and business of mural painting in their large Franklin studio, as well as mural painting seminars throughout the country. He has authored an instructional DVD on “How to Paint Murals”, and he has his own line of custom mural brushes (the Michael Cooper Signature Series), as well as various other custom mural painting tools.
He is a member of the Community Relations Board for the Frist Center of the Visual Arts, an avid racquetball player, a beginning Pickleball enthusiast, and, in his spare time (really?), Mike plays a decent 12 string guitar and a mean djembe.
…and most importantly…
…if it weren’t for his wife, Mickie, he wouldn’t be here at all!