Artist well-known brightening up Mandurah reveals new mural at Frisky Deer Interiors Cafe

Mandurah artist Tahnee Kelland has wowed the community with another bright and colourful piece, this time on the doorstep of the city's popular Frisky Deer Interiors Cafe.

Well-known for creating the highly Instagrammed swing mural at Tuckey Lane and transforming the streetscape along Mandurah Terrace with pink, blue and yellow, there is no stopping her creativity.

Frisky Deer Interiors Cafe owner and manager Dee Donegan commissioned Ms Kelland to complete the floor mural to brighten up the new place.

While the business has been operating in Mandurah for some time, the cafe only moved into their custom-built premises about a month ago.

Ms Kelland was given a short but simple catchphrase by Ms Donegan to inspire the piece: "It's beautiful here".

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"That was her only request. The rest was left up to my crazy imagination," Ms Kelland told the Mandurah Mail.

"I've been waiting a long time for someone to accept this style of work actually.

"I usually suggest this type of design to clients and get knocked back. More often than not clients are requesting Mandurah themed murals with flora and fauna that relate to our area.

"Whilst I do love our beautiful city and all we have to offer, I'm inspired by a lot of artwork from my travels.

"I showed Dee some ideas and she was completely onboard with my direction.

"It also has a lot of meaning to it.

"There's a lot of symbolism in the piece, from the Frida Kahlo mermaids to the peacocks and cheetahs. They all represent something, such as balance, protection, and abundance."

The mural was completed on Sunday and has already received a strong and positive response from cafe goers.

"The response has been overwhelming," she said.

"I think the general public has really been able to appreciate the detail and amount of work I put into this piece.

"I was there at 6am most mornings and I did multiple shifts up to 12 hours long.

"The beauty of public art is your really forced to finish what you started with little room for rest or error."

Having my work being seen, appreciated and commissioned is a feeling almost too wonderful for words to describe. I have a lot of gratitude to the general public in Mandurah for being so generous with their support of my work.

Mandurah artist Tahnee Kelland

She thanked Ms Donegan and the Frisky Deer Interiors Cafe team for the opportunity.

"Having my work being seen, appreciated and commissioned is a feeling almost too wonderful for words to describe," she said.

"I have a lot of gratitude to the general public in Mandurah for being so generous with their support of my work.

"It's been a crucial part of my career and I'll be forever thankful for everyone cheering me on."

The local creative already has plenty of other projects on the horizon, including a pop-up gallery at the Lakelands Shopping Centre until next month and a mural for Dawesville business Kaimu Boutique.

Ms Kelland has also been collaborating with Australian fashion designer Camilla Franks for the designer label CAMILLA, which is expected to be released later this year.

"I also have a lot of studio work to get back to when I find the time. I have a lot of exciting plans that I'm not able to announce yet... so you'll have to keep an eye out online."

The cafe is located at 12 San Polo Vista.

To view more of Ms Kelland's work visit her website: www.tahneekelland.com.