Murals, Scenic, Portrait and UV Artist
Hi there, Layona here. Having been in the arts as a ‘creative’ my whole life I have tried many different things but the first time I saw families enjoying my creations I knew there was only one job I wanted and as they say, love what you do and you won’t work a day in your life. I can safely say I do just that every day creating many weird and wonderful things under the banner of my company Artifex Designs. I trained at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design but having developed a rather neish style, I am now mainly self-taught. I am a Mural Artist mainly for events and visitor attractions but also paint children’s bedrooms here and there. I create scenic backdrops, photo opportunities, fun signage and special effects using UV (ultra violet light) for attractions, events and escape rooms. I am known in the Scare Industry of one of only a few UV 3D artists in the country and travel around painting UV 3D scream park mazes where the paint glows, and with the addition of 3D glasses the artwork appears to leap out of the walls towards you. As well as being an artist my company also creates designs seasonal events mainly for children with the design, theming and installation for events of all kinds but specialising in Halloween and Christmas with some very large fully immersive Santa Experiences under my belt. As well as this, during the first lockdown I trained in airbrushing and was delighted to have won the painting category in the New Victoria Square Art Project in Woking in conjunction with The Lightbox, with my portrait of Tyrian Lannister from Game of Thrones. As well as a love for large art I have loved the process of creating smaller pieces and am in the process of creating smaller pieces of which I would love to be hung in homes for families to enjoy every day.