“I wanted to pull from a lot of different categories to show all the
different things you can do at UD,” he said. “My goal was for your eye
to move from vignette to vignette, to capture the kinetic energy of a
day in the life of the campus.”
Terranova spent several weeks in preparation for the project,
taking photos and making sketches as he visited all parts of campus and
creating a scale mockup. After that, he spent about eight weeks in the
ELC itself, where he used tracing paper to transfer his sketches to the
wall and then began working with fast-drying acrylic paint.
The wall, just off the entrance lobby at the center, is a
high-traffic area, so he was constantly aware of people passing by.
Children, teachers and parents got used to seeing him at work and often
talked to him about his progress, he said.
“Everyone was interested and had questions, and that was one of the best parts of the project,” he said.
Terranova operates his own business, Colorful Matt Design, and does a
variety of types of artistic work, from illustration to graphic design
to working with a local interior decorator.
As a student in visual communications, he concentrated on
illustration. After graduating, he worked with a muralist for a time and
soon was asked to create a mural in Wilmington’s St. Thomas the Apostle
School, where he had attended elementary school. He’s also painted a
mural at St. Elizabeth High School, another of his alma maters.
“So now, with this new UD project, I’ve done murals at all three schools I graduated from,” he said.
Article by Ann Manser; photos by Jessica Peace
Published July 9, 2019