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How does your business stand out?
I have always been able to paint whatever subject my clients have wanted. I talk with them to find out what colors they don't and do like........very important when matching colors they are use in their home decor. I am very detail conscious and have always done excellent work in duplicating wallpaper and fabric designs, tile with art from the tile companies that is no longer sold. I work with china paints and the fact that they are transparent gives me the opportunity to put color over color and I can fire the tile as often as necessary to get the desired colors. Also, because my paints fire at lower temperatures, I can work on any glaze. I am not limited to a certain tile with a certain glaze. As long as the tile can be fired, I can paint it.
What do you enjoy about the work you do?
I have my dream job because I love to draw and paint, esp working with china paints. I can only use so many pieces of porcelain at home and install so much tile. My job gives me the opportunity to do add beautiful art to my clients homes or businesses while doing what I enjoy the most in my life. I enjoy creating custom art for each client. When working with my clients, I make certain that they have exactly what they would enjoy for a long time because tile is a permanent installation. I have worked with photos from a special vacation, pictures of pets, favorite flowers or animals.......there are many different choices and I love the challenge of creating 'art just for you".
Sandra worked with me on a design and painting of a ceramic tile for our front door at our vacation condo. She was patient and helpful in completing the work to my highest expectations.
Dec 11, 2013
Thank you Gladis. I appreciate your review.
What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My prices are quoted per job as in the tile world, there are many variable. I do charge by the tile on individual pieces or by the sq ft on murals. For murals, there are often pieces that have very little painting on them or none at all and I do not charge for these tile.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have worked in the business world since the age of 12 and I love working with people. This work has given me the opportunity to do what I love doing and to meet and work with wonderful people.
What types of customers have you worked with?
The majority of my work has been for kitchen and bath installations and house numbers. I have painted indoor and outdoor signs, basins, trivets, pet portraits, tile for entryways, and painted special collections of favorite animals, birds or flowers on tile as well as china plates.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I have painted tile for 5 different installations for a very special lady who lives in NJ. They own a beautiful Victorian home near the NJ boardwalk and her ideas are very much in keeping with the home. She always tells me what subjects she wants in the murals and then tells me to "have fun". I painted a complete tub surround for her as well as two murals to be installed on either side of the entryway into their home.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make certain that you see a portfolio of their work and talk with them to make certain that they understand the facts about tile and which tile is best for their installation. There are quite a few facts to be considered, esp for interior vs exterior installation. Some tile artists can/will only work on specific tile because of the paints they use. Also, make certain that decals are not used because even when fired on, they sit on top of the glaze because they are fired at lower temperatures. I always provide photos via email before firing so that my clients can have the final say before I fire the tile. My paints stay wet until fired and I am always willing to make changes as I am painting the tile for my client's enjoyment. My work is always guaranteed.