These Grand Style murals feature the 'Fountain of Triton' by Bernini (Piazza Barberini, Rome) on the staircase wall, flanked by trompe-l'oeil columns supporting a 20' ceiling. The opposite wall boasts a painted replica of the 'Porch of the Maidens' (from the Erechtheion at the Acropolis in Athens) customized to fit atop the existing moldings.
All was painted directly on the walls using water based acrylics. To avoid 'glare', no glaze medium was used so the finished look is reminiscent of true fresco painting. This required a special blending technique devised for this large project. With minor exceptions, most of the paintings were left unvarnished to preserve the mat (textural) look, which enhanced the fresco simulation. Although the project took several months to complete on location, much of the design work and color samples were completed in studio, solving crucial design issues beforehand. While assistants were required for some work, Russell did most of the painting himself. As for concept designs, elevation drawings and wall layouts, he accomplished this entirely on his own, in true Renaissance fashion.