Friday, May 14, 2021

Students have a hand in painting mural



Like art? How about an 1100 square foot mural? That is exactly what Tim Davis is painting at Tommie Barfield Elementary school, an underwater scene which ranges from mangroves and manatees on one end, to a deep sea scene with dark blue and purple hues on the other.

It was the vision of Dr. Westberry, Principal of TBE who reached out to the school’s art teacher, Kathy Anderson. Kathy had seen some of Tim’s work on display at the Waterfront Shops at the Esplanade and the wheels were put in motion. Tim has been designing murals since 1995. He’s done work for Robb & Stuckey, Agostino’s in Bonita Springs and several private residences. At one estate, a mural was painted on a wall and four years later the owners requested another wall be added, proving the longevity and appreciation for the artist’s work.

Tim laid out the first design draft for TBE with some help from computer renderings. According to Tim’s wife, Jayma, “The design took three days from conception to completion. The final creation was a collaborative effort with Tim’s imagination and Dr.

Photos by Victoria Wright

Photos by Victoria Wright

Westberry’s vision.” Actual painting on site began during the school’s annual Authors and Artists Night.

All 650 students at TBE had a hand in painting the mural, literally! Their handprints were added to simulate corals and sea fans. The children lined up, had their hands painted and then under Tim’s direction, placed them on the wall.

It is hoped the project can be completed by the start of school in August. “We need sponsors to help fund the project,” said Jayma. “For the mural to last a lifetime, a unique artist’s paint must be used which has inert pigments. The paint will run $17,000. Tim’s time and talent are being donating.” Sponsorship of the mural may be shared and is in three parts; the coral reef $5000, the mangrove scene $6000 and the shipwreck scene $6000. All donors will be permanently honored with a commemorative plaque. After the mural is complete, another $5000 will be raised for benches which will be added to create an outdoor learning center. For more information on sponsorship, contact Jayma Davis at 239/269-6625. Tim’s Fine Art can be viewed at or at The Waterfront Studio & Gallery at the Esplanade.


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