Jeff Huckaby loves to paint grottesca style ornament. And, to his credit, he has successfully made this very specialized style of painting his specialty. An avid traveler, he and partner spend as much time in Europe as possible.
Lori Le Mare is an 20 plus year veteran of our industry. Lori works, teaches, and performs internationally. As a 10 year consultant for Modern Masters she has tested their products and traveled the world teaching. Le Mare teaches at her studio in Canada as well as at stunning locations in Italy, and at a monastery in Spain. She is currently putting together a 12 week decorative painting course for disadvantage city youth.
Alison is a professional artist and decorator specializing in Italian painted furniture and the owner of Florenceart.net, a painting and decoration studio in Florence Italy. Her bottega produces fine furniture finishes and decorative art for the interior design industry worldwide.
From a Sultan’s palace… to the royal’s castles… to a rock star’s mansion… to Miami garage doors, Leonard Pardon has done it all, and done it well. After art school in London in the 60′s, he served a 6 year apprenticeship in England with his mentor A.E. Baxby. He relocated to Miami in 1992 where he lives today. In the 1980′s Pardon started teaching and produced his now classic videos (yes videos) of his marbling and graining techniques.
Teri Rody is a relative newcomer to our industry but she has not wasted any time building her successful business – Faux de Lis Decorative Arts – in the small town of Natchez, Mississippi. An experienced interior designer and mural artist, she began doing wall finishes out of design necessity and fell in love with the process.
Alan Carroll is best known to most of us for his blog Surface Fragments. A self-taught painter, he thrives on pushing his own envelope. His foray into digital imaging as a decorative painting tool generated national attention for his Kips Bay Showhouse digital faux bois and trompe l’oeil plaster entryway. Alan’s versatile style (he paints everything very, very well), his out-of-the-box use of digital technology, plus his thoughtful blogging make him an artist we should look to for the future of our industry.
Graham Rust’s iconic book “The Painted House” gave trompe l’oeil to my generation of decorative painters. There are very few of us who have not been inspired, influenced, or just plain copied his work. After many years of requests, Graham finally started teaching classes this year at his lovely English countryside studio. He selects his students and limits class size to 6. Here he tells us in his own words the winding path Graham Rust took to become Graham Rust.
Gary Lord, Prismatic Painting Studio, is a working finisher, muralist, teacher, author and occasional TV guest… yet he somehow remains very down to earth about it all. In the business for 35 years, he still takes classes from other finishers. He invents finishes and plays with materials with the enthusiasm of a newbie. Gary has adjusted to the economy by developing simpler, more profitable painting techniques. Talent, grace and enthusiasm… what a combo!
Dean Sickler was a finisher before there was “faux.” After studying decorative painting in the early 80′s with some of America’s greats, he went back to college at age 36 to get a degree in art and art history. A working finisher, author and teacher, his technique and aesthetic are solidly based in tradition. This is a guy who plain likes to push paint and plasters around. His Dundean Studios offers 1-3 day classes on a variety of techniques and materials for both pro’s and novices.
Mats Carlsson started as a Swedish house painter in the 1970′s. A 1991 chance encounter with a master painter changed his life forever. He later studied at Institut Yannick Guegan and became the first Scandinavian graduate. Mats and his colleague Lotta Olsson have successfully run a two-year decorative painting program at their Palm Fine Arts educational centre since 1996. Palm Fine Arts offers “Summer Master Classes” taught in English.