New and unique wall finishes for your home

New and unique wall finishes for your home

Happy new year! I say, Out with the old and in with the new! New and unique wall finishes for your home or office.  Some of my new designs incorporate stencils, metallics, plasters, and lots of awesomeness! When you hire me to design a faux finish, your are getting so much more than a decorative painter. You are buying original art, designed and created just for you.

Much of my fine art on canvas overlaps with my wall finish work.  No two of my clients have the same exact finish. Whether you’re considering some original art on canvas, prints, or a new wall or ceiling finish, Call me and let’s come up with something beautiful!

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Unique wall finishes and faux painting done in paint, plaster, leaf and foil. Faux finishes, murals, decorative painting. Beautiful art for your home designed for you. An invaluable resource for interior designers.

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Allover stencil wall finish in metallics

Allover stencil wall finish in metallics

This latest project involved an allover stencil wall finish in a large guest bathroom with a walk in shower and Jacuzzi.

First, I base coated all the walls in a flat black, then I applied two coats of Ebony Frost Lusterstone by Faux Effects. On top of the Lusterstone I gilded a series of gold strips. Then, the real work: an allover stencil from the Stencil Library done in embossed Lusterstone. Color: a mixture of Ancient Gray, Tint Base, and Champagne Mist.

Finally, the three columns were done in 3 colors of plaster, with added gold, to create a rich marble look. More than a bathroom, the space is a warm, elegant oasis any guest would love.

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Holiday gift ideas for you and your home

Holiday gift ideas for you and your home

Need holiday gift ideas? I’ve got them. For you, your loved ones, and your home. My shiny new poured acrylic coasters are perfect for gift giving. These little gems have the colorful luminosity of poured acrylic, coated with super shiny epoxy for a durable, gorgeous addition to any decor. And best of all, they are original art! Now you can give beautiful original art as a gift, and know that it will be used and enjoyed every day of the year. Holiday gift ideas coasters

 

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For your home, how about a fresh new wall finish? Check these out! Many of my finishes are one-of-a-kind, designed by me, original finishes. So you won’t find them anywhere else.

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My new small abstract landscapes are perfect for any taste or decor. The colors are timeless, and the compositions are a true favorite. From marshes to seascapes, they create just the right amount of movement and flow.  Please see my art shop for all prints and originals available. For coasters and other small gifts, contact me!

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City Wide Open Studios New Haven, CT

City Wide Open Studios New Haven, CT

Well I finally painted my studio for City Wide Open Studios, happening this weekend at Erector Square in New Haven. City wide open studiosOn my nice new white walls I have hung a bunch of my recent work. And, oh my, there is a lot! I’ve got some new abstract landscapes, some acrylic pours, lots of new reactive metals, oh, and a ballerina in an abandoned building. I’ve got some older stuff too: some watercolors of birds and a couple of pastels. I will also have some prints for sale in a variety of sizes.

There will be snacks and wine of course. With every purchase of one of my paintings, you’ll get a free gift. And everyone gets a free handpainted bookmark!

Hope to see you!

Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29 from noon to 6 pm

Erector Square

319 Peck Street, Building 2, Suite O (First floor rear)

New Haven, CT

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Mural Painting Connecticut and Southern New England

Mural Painting Connecticut and Southern New England

As an artist, I am never bored. Whether I’m faux finishing in a beautiful home, painting a mural, or working on a fine art canvas painting, there is always that enjoyment of discovery. For mural painting Connecticut has been great. I’ve been able to create some wonderful spaces for children and adults.

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For the Fairfield Library children’s room I created a fun castle for their puppet theater.

Eiffel Tower

I was able to bring a little of Paris to the home of a couple who loved to travel there, but hasn’t been able to. The Eiffel Tower can be seen in their living room. In the kitchen, they can prepare meals on the Place Dauphine.

If you have a favorite destination, why not bring a little of it home? I can paint the Grand Canyon in your family room. A waterfall in your dining room, or a river in your kitchen. The possibilities are endless.

Paris back splash

Trompe l’oiel Paris street sign on trompe l’oeil stone

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Creating a textured wall finish with stencils and metallics

Creating a textured wall finish with stencils and metallics

textured wall finish What is more beautiful than an elegant textured wall finish? A recent project involved filling a whole room with this one of a kind finish. A blend of stone colored plasters, applied using two different techniques, sandwich a raised stencil and reveal a smattering of metallic below. The result is a textured wall finish that is both understated and over the top.

After preparing and base coating the walls, the first step was to apply a metallic paint. Once that was dry, I applied two colors of plaster using a knock down technique to create depth and interest. After that I carefully applied a damask pattern by pulling a metallic plaster through my stencil. This particular design is one of my favorites by Royal Design Studios.

Finally, I added another application of the plasters creating the finished look.

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Where does your inspiration come from?

Where does your inspiration come from?

Much of my inspiration comes from the natural world. I love hiking the woods and shore trails of coastal Connecticut and the mountains of New Hampshire. I recently had the good fortune to experience the unusual beauty of the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina.

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“Smoky Mountain Path” is an award winning painting in my reactive metals series, inspired by my visit there. The paintings in this series use a unique method of oxidizing reactive paints to create rust or patina. Reactive metals are a series of paints by Modern Masters, containing iron, copper or bronze, that are carefully applied to a substrate, then oxidized to create rust or patina. The result is a rich and lustrous range of color that I believe is unachievable with ordinary paint. The process is fun, if painstaking. The iron paint must be applied in two coats and allowed to dry before oxidizing. The bronze and copper paints must be oxidized while wet. Sometimes the blend created between the two becomes the best part of the piece.

Osprey Emerging

Osprey Emerging is another in my reactive metals series. I’m passionate about ospreys and consider them one of the most impressive species ever to grace the planet. Talk about inspiration! Each fall they travel thousands of miles south to their wintering grounds in South America, and return in the spring to the same nest, to mate with the same partner! In this piece, the reactives combine with acrylic paints to create a range of texture and color, which you can see here with the magnifying feature.

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