Val Carroll’s bathroom mural in the Miami bathroom of Neill and Thomas Miller.

Mosaic artist Val Carroll accepted the challenge to introduce a Florida Everglades mosaic into the Miami bathroom of homeowners' Neill and Thomas Miller, who had spent their lives exploring the Everglades wilderness. They requested that specific animals, birds and plants native to the marshland be incorporated in the design.

The resulting mural features ferns, water lilies, butterflies, dragonflies, a Great Blue heron, cattails, a Giant Swallowtail butterfly, saw grass, Roseate Spoonbills, egrets and ibises. The final piece measures 35 square feet and reflects a spectrum of 70 mosaic colors, made with the help of Laticrete materials.

Laticrete 4237 Latex Thin Set Mortar Additive, 211 Crete Filler Powder, Tri-Poly Fortified Sanded Grount (1500 Series), and Tri-Poly Unsanded Grout (1600 Series) were all used in the project.

"I work really hard on my projects - fine mosaic work is painstaking and time-consuming to produce," Carroll says. "So when I install these finished artworks, I want my installation to be as durable and lasting as humanly possible."