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Introduction: I am a fine artist and an oil painter by trade. New York Times August 1999/ Anitra Handley I also enjoy laying tile designs that are unique and artistic. I like texture and depth in my work but am perfectly adept at doing a basic layout as well. My husband is also an artist--acrylic, modern, and found object in sculpture and furniture. He is very fond of creating flower beds and walkways that are inviting and unusual. We love to create exceptional spaces that evoke comfort and inspire imaginations. I enjoy creating artistic environments to suit my clients' needs, whether it's a relaxing spa area, sumptuous living room or an inviting bedroom. I don't overload myself with clients. I only take on one at a time so that I can devote myself to their project completely.
23 years in business
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?It depends on which trade we are talking about. I charge 25.00 a square foot for murals. Tiling is cost of materials plus 25.00 per hour. Interior Painting is cost of materials and supplies plus 20.00 per hour Cleaning is a minimum cost of 100.00 or 22.00 per hour whichever is more. Interior decorating is 50.00 per hour or I may quote a flat fee depending on the project.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I will contact new clients by phone call and set up a meeting at our earliest convenience to meet and discuss the work to be done and the time schedule and budget for materials and nail down the particulars. I go back to my office and draw up a contract which mirrors the conversation we had and email it to the client for approval or final tweaking. Once its been oked by email I print it out and make a copy of the contract and take it over to the client to sign at which time I will take a deposit on the job. Depending on the job. If the job is a mural the deposit is one half on beginning and one half upon completion. If the job is a tile job: Same If the job is cleaning or interior design the pay is hourly unless otherwise determined; so, no payment until services are rendered; but, hourly work must be paid daily.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have a law degree that is useful for negotiating and writing contracts and completing projects in a timely, professional and workmanlike manner. I have been an artist for my entire life and studied with my mother as a child at American University