Michele Levani Art

Summerville, SC

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I enjoy a challenge and would like to be available for all your creative needs from murals and fine art to custom logos and illustration! Murals can make a child's room inspire creativity and imagination. They can create serenity and harmony in your home. Murals give that "wow" factor to an otherwise boring space. Whatever your vision, I will work with you to give you the room of your dreams! I've been designing and painting custom murals and art for over 30 years. I love specializing in children's spaces, but please don't hesitate to contact me for any style mural or art, from realism to quirky! I'm experienced in both residential and commercial work.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love translating my client's vision to a canvas or wall. People inspire me. My mind never stops creating!
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Location

Summerville, SC 29483

Background check

Complete

Years in business

23

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

6

Reviews

13 Reviews
  • Barbara B. Feb 26, 2017
    Muralist
    Verified Review
    Outstanding Work
    Michele did an outstanding job on the playroom at the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston. the murals are fantastic, fun, happy and perfect for our children who play in there. I highly recommend Michele Levani to anyone looking for a muralist.
    Michele L. Feb 26, 2017

    Thank you! Ronald McDonald House is such a wonderful organization. It was an honor to be a part of this project for the children at the RMH in Charleston! ❤ 👩🏻‍🎨 http://MerakiMurals.com http://MicheleLevaniArt.com

  • Suzanne C. Nov 30, 2016
    Muralist
    Verified Review
    DINING ROOM MURAL
    We asked Michele to paint a mural on our dining room wall. She was extremely thorough and very helpful while helping me bring my vision together. The mural came out beautiful and was exactly what we wanted. Her years of experience and professionalism made her ideal to work with. I would not only ask her to work in our home again but would refer family and friends to her.
    Michele L. Nov 30, 2016

    Thank you Suzanne for allowing me the privilege of painting this mural for your family! I really feel like I've gained a new friend, not just a new client!

  • Sheree P. Oct 25, 2016
    Faux Finishing or Painting
    Verified Review
    Very Pleased
    I have an island that is painted a distressed finish and I was looking for someone who could match this look with a new ceiling to floor cabinet we had built. Michele did an excellent job in matching the finish that was on our island with our new cabinet. Michele is a super nice lady and very easy to work with. I would recommend her to anyone and will use her again in upcoming projects.
    Michele L. Oct 25, 2016

    Thank you so much Sheree! It's been such a pleasure working with you in your lovely home!

  • Carolyn B. Oct 20, 2015
    Michele painted the nurseries for both of my boys. All I had to do was share my ideas with her and she knocked it out in a few days. Each room was perfect for my babies' homecoming. My oldest son's room had whimsical animals and geometric accents to match his bedding. My youngest son's room had a Dr. Seuss theme complete with Cat in the hat, thing one and two, a thing-a-ma-jigger, and the fish! No detail is beyond Michele's talents. I was very pleased when each mural was finished in 2008 and in 2011. I still brag about them! I highly recommend Michele Levani to bring your vision to any canvas, wall, or space.
    Michele L. Oct 21, 2015

    Thank you Carolyn! I had so much fun with both those murals. The Dr. Seuss mural has always been one of my favorites ever!

  • Janny Z. Oct 13, 2015
    Michelle is a talented artist and faux finisher. She painted our kitchen island and transformed it completely. She also brings a ray of sunshine to the job site and is a pleasure to be with.
    Michele L. Oct 13, 2015

    Thank you so much Janny! Such kind words. You have such a welcoming home. It's been an honor.

  • Nora W. Oct 12, 2015
    I have a beautiful sky on a Ceiling that Michele did for me almost 5 years ago. I have admired that ceiling many times. I highly recommend this talented artist.
    Michele L. Oct 12, 2015

    Thank you Nora! I especially want to thank you for the many referrals that you've given me that connected me with so many other great clients!

  • Timothy L. Oct 12, 2015
    I dubbed Michele the "Michealangelo" of Charleston. Her mural in our son's nursery was amazing. She is really a talented individual!
    Michele L. Oct 12, 2015

    Thank you so much Tim! I can only hope to live up to that wonderful recommendation! It was such a joy to work with your family and create such a unique child's room.

  • Pamela H. Oct 12, 2015
    Michele Lavani's talent shines through in both natural and sureal painting. Her use of color and texture is wonderful! Some of her earlier works took me by surprise as they were all superb but only located in a small cottage shop in Summerville. I love the whimsical flair she paints in both portrait and murals! From large murals to the the smallest seagull her brush flows with flair, balance and character! Michele Lavani's art work will always be a favorite! It would not surprise me for her art work to be among the most well known in this century! ~Pamela Hall (Antiques and Fine Art Collector, Founding Member Greater Summerville Antiques Association).
    Michele L. Oct 12, 2015

    Wow Pam! Thank you so much for that review! I'm truly not worthy... It brought tears to my eyes!

  • Suzan B. Oct 12, 2015
    Michele did a pencil sketch of my husband two children for a Father's Day present. It captured the two of them just like the picture I provided. I'm getting ready to have her do my children sketch.
    Michele L. Oct 12, 2015

    Thank you Suzan! I'm looking forward to your next project for me!

  • Sherry L. Oct 12, 2015
    Michelle painted a beautful mural on my bedroom wall. It depicts a view of the ocean with the sun setting. It makes me feel as though I am right on the seashore and has a calming effect on everyone who views it. I don't know she managed to get such depth into it, but at night when I have a table turned, you can see the light redness of the sun sinking into a calm sea, and a hint of the moon appearing up in the sky. With palm trees on my left and on my right...Michele Lavani... You have almost put me in Paridise every day.
    Michele L. Oct 12, 2015

    Thank you Sheri for such a lovely review! We all need a calm space to retreat and refocus. I'm so honored to be able to give you that space!

  • Kerri L. Oct 12, 2015
    I contacted Michele a few days before Father's Day regarding a last minute drawing I needed. She was extremely quick and easy to do business with. I would definitely recommend her!
    Michele L. Oct 12, 2015

    Thank you Kerri! Drawing brings me such joy. Thank you for the privilege.

  • Wendy S. Sep 29, 2015
    Michele painted a beautiful sky mural on the ceiling in my daughter's room. She even painted the fan blades to match the ceiling which was a great extra detail!! We love it!! She pays a lot of attention to detail and is a very talented artist!!! I have seen several of her other murals too. They are all very unique and look amazing!! I highly recommend her to everyone :)
    Michele L. Oct 12, 2015

    Thank you Wendy! So many people overlook what an impact the ceiling can have on a space. I love doing realistic skies. It makes the space limitless!

  • Jeff B. Sep 28, 2015
    If you are fortunate to have Michelle paint for you. You will be very satisfied. She is on time and prepared. Enough said!!!!
    Michele L. Oct 12, 2015

    Thank you Jeff! I've really enjoyed working for you on multiple projects. I'm very thankful that someone referred me to you!

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
There's nothing "typical" about each client. The key is being a good listener. Once an individual has decided to paint a mural, they already have an idea of what they want. My job is to translate that vision and give them better than what they expect. I need to know their style, the colors they love and the colors that they hate. After deciphering the complexity of the design, it is vital to know the size and scope of the space along with the condition of the surface to provide an accurate quote.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
The answer to this question is best read on my blog under the heading, "Why I don't consider myself a self-taught artist" Google my name, Michele Levani, to locate my blog.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
It depends upon the complexity of the design, the size and scope of the space, as well as the condition of the surface. In painting murals, I only use Sherwin Williams paints and glazes. Because of their quality, I can stand behind my work, knowing that the richness of the colors will endure through the years. Once you're interested in my ideas, I will draw a layout for $50. If you accept my layout and quote, the $50 is subtracted from the quote. To secure my busy schedule and purchase supplies, I require a deposit and then draws are arranged as the mural progresses. I also accept credit cards and Paypal if the client prefers.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Ironically, in school, because I was already known as an artist, I was asked repeatedly by teachers, (even those that were not mine) to create banners and billboards. I loved working LARGE! No boundaries! My favorite was a 8'x24' Fonzie for a Spanish teacher. lol!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work in both residential and commercial locations which means that sometimes I'm working with designers and sometimes with stay at home moms. Each client is unique. Really though, when painting children's spaces, my favorite client is the child!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
That's a hard question. My heart and soul goes into every piece of work that I create. That would be like asking me which one of my daughters do I like best.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
You have to see their work and be sure that it IS their work! I met with a potential client once who was deciding between using my services or another "artist". She told me that the other artist did not bring a portfolio, but rather told her to go to a local seafood restaurant to check out the murals there because she had painted them. I was utterly shocked because the artist that had actually painted the murals in that restaurant had been a personal friend of mine... and he had died a couple years before. That mural was his legacy and she was trying to claim it as her own work! So make sure that they are who they say they are! If you get a chance to see the movie "Big Eyes", you'll understand that statement even more.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
It is extremely important to not violate copyright laws, even though some photos can inspire a space and help convey your ideas to me, the artist. Keep in mind that I will never copy another artist. Also, special permissions need to be obtained for trademark characters.