Marina Hughes

2008 QEST Scholar - Mural & Decorative Artistry

Marina is a decorative artist and muralist specialising in bespoke decorative finishes that emulate or restore period styles through to original concepts.

She is a self employed artist working on projects alone or as part of a team, and deploying a wide range of techniques including trompe l’oeil, painted ornamentation, faux wood & marble, gilding, paint effects, colour matching, restoration and stencilling. Having a particular interest in classical decorations ranging from renaissance Europe to oriental chinoiserie.

Marina has worked in numerous prestigious buildings in the UK and abroad, including state offices, stately homes, museums, heritage sites, luxury hotels and private residences. She is typically engaged by specialist decorator firms, leading architects and designers or private individuals.

The QEST Scholarship in 2008 funded an in-depth study of European decorative techniques in France. This was with the internationally renowned decorative & mural artist and winner of ‘un des meilleurs ouvriers de France’, Michel Nadai.

I have been privileged to work in some awe-inspiring buildings both historic and modern, and I was honoured to work as part of the Hare & Humphreys team on the gilding and heraldry of the Queen’s barge, The Gloriana, for the Diamond Jubilee flotilla.