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Making People Smile!

Walls of the Wild thrives on seeing kids and adults get so excited about decorating their walls with animals. Each realistic mural piece you see was personally hand-painted by our artist and founder Dede Lifgren. Her passion, creativity and ability to capture emotion on canvas are what truly bring a room to life!



How it all began…

When friends find out you're an artist, they'll say, "Can you do a mural for my kid's room?" So in 1992, artist Dede Lifgren started a small mural business. As is still her process today, she spent weeks researching each animal before starting any painting. Dede studied every angle of the animal, specie differences and the dynamics of light under water, through the rainforest canopy or on the sun-drenched Serengeti. Needless to say, she knew each animal intimately.

All that loving attention meant her business was only small momentarily. Soon her high-demand talent had her overbooked and left wondering if there was a better way to bring art to more children and families. In 1994, Dede, with the help of her husband Jeff, took Walls of the Wild into the digital wall decal age with the three rules still used today by the company:
Every hand-painted piece must look highly realistic and capture the heart and soul of each animal.
The quality of every one of our children’s wall decals must look as if Dede came to your home and painted it herself
Walls of the Wild custom wall stickers should be affordable so every child can appreciate art that isn't a cartoon.

Dede's commitment to animals that are realistic and not "dummied down" has made a hit with kids and adults. Her animal wall stickers are featured on walls around the world in children's rooms, schools, hospitals, zoos, pediatric offices and more. Even Hollywood has taken notice featuring her works in countless makeover shows and celebrity homes.

Today, Dede still personally paints each piece and can be found every day in her studio creating more wildlife ideas as well as sculptures and other artistry. In a recent interview she was asked "What do you love about painting?" Her answer, "It just keeps me and everyone else smiling!"

One of Dede Lifgren's first paintings and still a crowd favorite was this bedtime companion Chimpanzee.







Artist Dede Lifgren with her dog Yuna outside their beautiful home in upstate NY.

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