Trompe l'oeil "fools the eye," and the more realistic the better!
To this I add a profoundly personal touch -- your hobbies, interests, memories, your favorite art, your favorite color, your favorite style. I'll match your decor, copy a masterpiece, and mimic fine woods and marbles. The result is always a surprise that delights and sparks conversation.
I'll work with the decorator or directly with the homeowner to design a wall, nook, ceiling, floor, hanging art, or piece of refinished furniture that fits that special spot, and your wallet.
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Every aspect of this 450 sq. ft. ceiling mural was personalized for the owners. This view shows the false skylight which seems to be raised above the true plane of the ceiling.
A fantasy orrery "hangs" in the bay window area. Seven detail images follow, or see the complete album on flickr.
Many special details reflect the owner's interests. Here, crypto-science blends with fantasy.
The ceiling has multiple astronomy references. Here, it looks as if a paper print has been glued into a panel, and torn away a bit. The print, molding, and torn edge are all simulated on the flat ceiling.
A Greek platter looks as if it has been repaired.
The brass globes are rendered with the appropriate reflections of the room and windows below.
Any room would look great with this kind of antique treatment, for any of the signs of the Zodiac -- or myths, legends, fairy tales, Middle Earth, explorers' maps.... Let your imagination run!
Acrylic on a flat wood panel, this is designed to look like a partially opened cabinet filled with meaningful mementoes of the client, who is a music, chess, and gardening enthusiast.
Embellished with a Latin quotation, this sundial looks right only from this angle, and always records the time as just past two.
A client had an old dresser from a yard sale. We dressed it up for a laundry room, with a nice paint finish and decorative elements to match her decor.
A bit of fabric seems to poke out of one of the drawers.
Another client was a huge book lover. This chest became a showpiece in their home library.
Did someone leave their glasses out?
This customer loved the American primitive style of still-life -- I made an exact copy in acrylic.
Another reproduction: this one a faithful copy in acrylic of a famous whaler painting, executed on the top of an antique blanket chest.