AN ARTIST is ensuring businesses and charities in south Warwickshire can enjoy a white Christmas this year.
Alvin Taylor, from Kenilworth, has launched his business ‘Chipmunk Murals’, producing snow art window displays for venues including Kenilworth Books, Cats Protection and The Hair Lounge Kenilworth among others.
He creates the displays using a mix of chalk pens, stencils, and freehand to sketch into the snow spray.
Alvin, originally from Leamington, has battled with depression, autism and ADHD for many years, using drawing and painting as a way to keep his wellbeing in check.
He said “We have mental illness in the family unfortunately, and it’s been so difficult watching my younger brothers become unwell. It’s been a long road for me to get to a better place myself, but I want to show people you can recover and get on and achieve things.”
Once he was focused and well enough, and wanting to make use of his creativity, Alvin took to the streets of Kenilworth to offer up his skills to local businesses and charities.
“I’ve always wanted to use my talents to create artwork that delights people, but I was lacking belief and focus, and I always hesitated about what to do and how to begin. But this year I’ve just jumped in. I think sometimes that’s just the way to do it, and then figure things out as you go along.”
And as a gesture of goodwill, Alvin offered to decorate the window of Leamington’s Cat’s Protection shop – a charity close to his heart – free of charge.
And once the snowy season is over, Alvin plans to brush up on his mural painting skills, and will be offering interior artwork to residents around Warwickshire.
Follow @chipmunkmurals on Instagram to enquire and view Alvin’s work.