Gnarly Artly

Thurmont, MD

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About this pro

I am a freelance artist, expert in all manners of art and design, but I have the most fun drawing cartoons, especially in their application to large window paintings (also called window splash).

I run a full-service screen printing shop and do a lot of contract printing for businesses, schools, and organizations, printing from art I create for you, or your existing logo/design.

I print from 1 to 6 colors or full color direct printing on all manner of garments --

I travel for the window splash and do everything else here in my studio, then email or ship it through UPS.


Thurmont, MD 21788


7 Reviews
  • Ericka S. Apr 7, 2014
    I have viewed Gnarly Artly's work the past few years when I worked and ate at the Dutch Corner Restaurant in Manchester, MD. I enjoy the colorful detailed window art for the many holidays and special events held at the restaurant. I'd recommend him for anywhere that is looking to spruce up their windows with advertising or decoration for holiday cheer.
  • Donna V. Feb 23, 2012
    John printed sweatshirts for us. They were beautifully done and when we twice needed to be to reorder, he had them done within a day. Also the window he painted for the Christmas House Tour was a real eye catcher. I would highly recommend him.
  • The River School, Washington DC T. Feb 18, 2012
    We are The River School! I sent John a photo of our school window and said Circus theme, the name of the Auction and date. He came up with this wonderful kid and adult-friendly design in what seemed like an hour. It was just what we wanted, and we didn't change a thing! What he emailed me was exactly what is on our window. And he did it freehand with just the small drawing taped up! John is easy to get it touch with, answered all of my questions, is professional, and talented. We are delighted with the result, and will be very sad when he takes it down after the Auction. Highly recommend!
  • Tracy K. Feb 15, 2012
    Gnarly Artly has been painting the windows of our stores for a couple years now. The designs are eye catching, colorful and exactly what we need to brighten up our storefronts. The customers love the designs and eager to see what's coming next.
  • Deb S. Feb 13, 2012
    Gnarly Artly has been turning out quality graphics for us for years now. We can count on him to listen to our parameters and create accordingly. He's done logos, cartoons and layouts that we just love!
  • John K. Feb 11, 2012
    I have used Gnarly Artly the last five years for projects including silk screened t-shirts, shorts runs of bumper stickers, large signage, window painting including text and graphics, high resolution image printing, the design and fabrication of three dimensional artwork and graphic design. With each project Gnarly has demonstrated a broad knowledge of materials, graphics arts and design. His work has always been first class, on time, reasonably priced and regularly exceeds my expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend Gnarly Artly to anyone looking for a source for their graphics needs.
  • Susan L R. Feb 10, 2012
    As a restaurant owner/operator I have been working with Gnarly Artly for over 15 years. Our community favorite is the Holiday & event window paintings. Always taking in our ideas, John adds his creative touch and leaves us with eye-catching and interesting windows. The attention and feedback on the windows is always favorable-drawing in new customers. The menu design and menu boards are well done. Organized, easy to read, and visually appealing. Gnarly Artly's thoroughness is greatly appreciated. Our restaurant is in a rural area- and Gnarly Artly suggested putting a map on the back of our business card! Tshirt and apron design. & printing, advertising design, website design & maintenance are other services provided in a timely and accurate manner.


What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Have an idea/ images of what you want and where you're going with your project. My talent is to take what's in your head an translate it to the visual world!