Murals by Nora

Mesa, AZ

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I have spent over 20 years working with clients to create custom artwork in forms of murals, canvas art, face painting, and faux finishes. I work extremely well with my client to understand what they want and I execute that desire. I work very quickly, but more important to me than the time requirement, is that I get it right and the client is totally satisfied. As a part of my work ethic, I take the time, buy the better products and do the extra work required to really insure that the mural or finish is created well from the prep work to the final protective coating to ensure years of enjoyment. Even my facepainting and caricature artwork is approached in this same method. I want my artwork to be fantastic, protected and long living for my own artistic ego as well as my client's financial investment and years of enjoyment.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Quite literally, EVERYTHING!!!! Meeting people, making them happy and smile. Being exposed to new surroundings, seeing new ideas for artwork of any medium. Encouraging people to try art- in whatever form. Telling kids (and adults) "Yes, you can draw, just practice." I really love it.
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Mesa, AZ 85206

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21 Reviews
  • Juanita V. Aug 24, 2015
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    I hired Nora for a birthday party, but she fell ill 3 days before the party. These things happen and I was glad she notified me. My concern was that she requires a 50% deposit, before she will schedule you, so she had already been paid $78. I asked for a refund and it took about 3 days for her to actually process the refund. I needed that money back so I could hire a new face painter, ASAP! I had to keep asking for the money, and finally got the refund. She had been hospitalized so I was trying to be respectful of that, but she was still able to text and communicate, which said to me...she could issue a quick refund. It was resolved and the money was in my account very quickly, so I am impressed the she did the right thing. I cannot speak to her abilities, as she did not work for us, but she did the right thing and counts for a lot.
  • Taylor M. Aug 21, 2015
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
  • Marisol M. Jun 22, 2015
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Great for party's great with kids/Adults very talented awesome face art.... Thank you!!
  • Amy S. Jun 16, 2015
    Verified Review
    Nora was fantastic. She works hard and her work is amazing. We recommend Nora for your party, you will not be disappointed. She was friendly with everyone and went way above expectations.
  • Liz P. Jun 3, 2015
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Branka M. May 5, 2015
    Verified Review
  • Poppy B. Mar 16, 2015
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Nora was a joy to work with! She is at the top of my list for future events!!!
  • Candace B. Mar 11, 2015
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Nora did face painting and caricatures for me at my grandson's birthday party in a park. It was in Glendale area and she was there for 2 1/2 hours. Nora is an excellent artist and true professional. She responded to my original request for bid immediately and followed up with answers to further questions quickly as well. She was early for the event, she accepted credit card payment over the phone and online, she was flexible when I added extra services at the event itself, and her caricatures and quality of the face painting is awesome. I feel like her rates are good, perhaps higher than some, but her quality is that much better, so it was worth it to me. I would hire her again and recommend her to anyone.
  • David W. Jan 7, 2015
    Verified Review
    Very impressed and very satisfied....professional!
    Replied to David W. - Jan 28, 2015

    Thank you David, I hope she likes her room. Nora

  • Anna S. Dec 15, 2014
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    On TIme, quick, workmanship excellent, kids loved her! We plan to ask for her again next year!
    Replied to Anna S. - Jan 28, 2015

    Thank you Anna, sorry I didnt see this earlier. I will look forward to next year!! Nora

  • Kimmie N. Nov 10, 2014
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Replied to Kimmie N. - Nov 11, 2014

    Thank you Kimmie, I was glad to be able to enhance your book fair! Nora

  • Nicole J. Oct 15, 2014
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Very professional and did all that we hoped and more for our son's party :)
    Replied to Nicole J. - Nov 11, 2014

    Thank you Nicole, it was really nice to be at your party. The kids were so cute and I enjoyed the adults participation. Nora

  • Lisa H. Sep 28, 2014
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Loved Nora for my daughters 5th bday! She had 20 kids to Paint and did an incredible job! They kept coming back for more and she was so patient and did incredible art! So thankful for her expertise! She made the party a blast for all. Thank you Nora! All of my guests wanted her contact info...she was that good!
    Replied to Lisa H. - Nov 11, 2014

    Thank you Lisa, It was a blast. Sorry for delay in saying Thank you. Nora

  • Catherine B. Aug 23, 2014
    Painting Lessons
    Verified Review
    Nora has offered to open the world of art to me and I couldn't be more pleased. She has a wealth of experience and knowledge upon which I intend to draw deeply. I believe this is the start of a beautiful endeavor.
    Replied to Catherine B. - Nov 11, 2014

    Catherine, It means alot to me that you are so happy with what we are doing. Nora

  • Pj P. Aug 23, 2014
    The customized canvas mural Nora made for my son is wonderful. I always wanted a mural in my children's bedroom but being a military family who rents that idea wasn't a possibility until Nora came with her wonderful idea of splitting the idea on to several canvases of different sizes. We are able to take this mural with us to any house and arrange it so it fits different size spaces and walls. She's wonderful!
  • Shelby H. Aug 15, 2014
    She does amazing face painting and quick!! All the kids loved her and it really made the party!
    Replied to Shelby H. - Nov 11, 2014

    Thank you so much Shelby!

  • John G. Dec 26, 2013
    Verified Review
    What a joy for me to see my lovely wife open this wonderful Christmas gift. I was afraid that it would be seen as egositcal, but it was not. Just a true expression of my love for her. It will be hung in the new bedroom for all to see. Thanks!!!!!!
  • Kelly E. Apr 24, 2013
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Nora is amazing and she painted some great faces! Thank you so much for coming and sharing your awesome skills at my kiddos party! :)
  • Brandy S. Apr 4, 2013
    Face Painting
    Verified Review
    Nora did a wonderful job at my 6yr old bday party. She was very affordable which helped me out a lot on my budget. Nora made sure every child had their face painted before she left. She was very fast and effective. Everyone was very happy with their face painting. I would definitely hire her again! Thanks Nora!!!
  • Debbie S. Sep 10, 2012
    I am an interior decorator. I have known Nora for several years. We have collaborated on many projects. My clients have all been extremely happy with the end results. My first project with Nora was to do a very large mural in the foyer of my own home that exceeded all my expections. I will continue to use Nora on all my future projects.
  • Kirstin H. Sep 7, 2012
    Nora does art classes in our assisted living community. Her rate is reasonable and our residents enjoy working with her.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Constantly researching, trying new products in home studio, verifying, always working on new artwork to sharpen skills, broaden skill set.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Not too complicated. facepainting and caricature pricing varies by location a bit- facepainting is $75 an hour with 2 hr minimum, Caricature art is $125/hr with 2 hr minimum. I also travel to Tuscon, Benson, Sierra Vista, Clifton is available, with extra charge to offset gas and travel time- Clients feel that they do get their money's worth- I always stay late. Murals and Faux finishes are either based on a square footage of wall space, or a project rate- at the consultation I figure it both ways, and give the client the cheaper of the two. For example, a powder room with 10-14ft ceiling height would cost more on a square footage rate than it would on a project rate if I was creating a color glaze finish- so I take that into consideration. I go over this in great detail at the free consultation. Art lessons and Art therapy based on a case by case situation. Starting at $25 per class, but number of people, frequency of classes, at my studio or your location are all variable. I provide all supplies.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My Mom and grandmother are great artist, I was fortunate to inherit those abilities. I spent almost 20 years doing Mechanical Drafting (and other drafting disciplines) just so I could draw, then a friend asked me to paint a mural in her kitchen- that turned into two walls 18 feet long each...the rest is history. The facepainting came after a mural client asked if I could paint her children at a birthday party...
What types of customers have you worked with?
View my work on website for full examples of Face Painting and Caricature Drawing- Fast, Unique, Custom for Birthday parties, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, quiencenaras, School and Church Fundraisers, Military events- National Guard, Army family Appreciation Events, Corporate Events, Wedding Receptions, Reunions and more. Murals and faux finishes of any style and size for residential and commercial clients. Custom Canvas art. For Art Lessons and Art Therapy I utilize pencils, acrylic, watercolor, 3D perspective, I work with students of all ages, from 2 years old to 104 is my oldest. Physical and mental conditions can be worked with in most cases. I love to let everyone work at their own pace to create what They want. Have worked with children and adults with Autism and Alzheimer's with great success. My facepainting is only FDA approved for skin, no staining or allergic reactions, washes off easily. A full face elaborate design takes less than 2 minutes. My caricatures- I like the flattering portrait style, and also do the exaggerated cartoon style take about 3-5 minutes single clack and white, I also do multiple people in pictures and color as well. I have a unique process for creating drawings at events, that let the guest be in two places at once- it's fantastic. I also create drawings from photos for Great gifts for any occasion. I have artwork featured on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption. Please give me a call anytime to discuss your event.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Facepainting and caricature drawing at Phoenix Children's Hospital for patients and their families. I also handed out over 100 hand drawn pictures for anyone who wanted one. It's amazing how this simple art can spread such joy. I've been able to help a few times now, and been asked to come back this next week for a different group, CAN'T WAIT!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I am not the least or most expensive, but I am the best at what I do. I work with the client to give them exactly what they want regardless if it's Murals, faux finishes or face painting. I work very well with clients and students of all ages to make art understandable and doable regardless of age or ability.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That it is very physical and takes time. I work quickly, and long hours. I dearly love what I do, so time does not affect me really till the end of the day. I do my very best with every client, and try to add a personal touch or momento of the client into what ever I do for them. A special date painted on a wine bottle in a Italian theme mural, special colors in a finish, etc.