Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Faux Finishes, Murals and Artwork to match existing colors and furniture.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Please understand that specialty painters are limited in number and everyones style is different.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. It is all about patience making the first three feet look like the last three feet. (fuax finishes)
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. If you want a mural or faux, look up images on the internet ahead of time. That takes the guess work out of it for everyone involved.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. My murals are very detailed. The number of colors will astound you. I have created three-dimensional murals of butterflies, Thomas the Train and a sun.
My faux finish paintings are even from beginning to end. How your start is how you must finish. I will use metallic paints in one of the colors of a faux finish to bring your wall to life. It makes it appear that your wall moves with the changing light. It is a terrific effect.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I get to paint. It has been my personal escape since I was a child.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How did you learn to do that? I tell them I dont really know... trial and error.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I painted a dinosaur mural and the kid had an big egg and took a picture that looked like he was running from the dinosaur with the dino egg and sent it to me as a thank you.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Specialty painting is a technical specialty. It is not easy and costs money. I dont overcharge. Many people have tried to get me to paint for next to nothing. I dont come with a roller or sprayer and one color and leave. I love creating these walls that I hope the owner never paints again.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I have painted creatively since before I can remember. Art was the only class I truly cared about and had a passion for in school.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I did a Faux in a really old victorian in Baraboo and the plaster was falling off the walls and it was a mess. I fixed it all up and gave it a nice paint job and it looked great.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Generally I bid a job based on size and how complex it is. Is the wall over 8 feet high? How many colors in the faux will we use. Imagine a painter covering your wall three or four times by hand with 2 to 4 inch brushes. I try to give flat price for either a faux or mural to end any guess work. If the customer insists on hourly pay, the rate is $70 per hour. If allowed, I will paint all day and well into the evening to get the job finished as quickly as possible for you.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. I am always trying to get better at painting nature and scenery.