The Wine Cellar

What a great project.  I loved this one despite the discomfort of the chilly, climate controlled room.  The owner asked for a window with a view of  vineyard, stone walls , & grapevines.  I thought it came out nicely.   What a shame it only gets seen when someone goes to the cellar to grab a bottle.Read more

Faux Malachite & Onyx

I used the same techniques to complete each of these projects, the only difference is the color.  I first learned this technique to paint malachite, but it also works beautifully for onyx and sardonyx.  I’ve always wanted to do a floor like this, but it hasn’t happened yet.      Read more

Theatrical Signs

I painted these for 4 different shows in 3 different theatres.   I had fun working on The Full Monty.   Painting under black lights is trippy.   Pretty Lady is so pretty, isn’t she?  It’s an homage to Tamara De Lempica’s work.  I can’t remember what show the General Store sign is for.  The vintage Pepsi sign & the bunting were for Damn Yankees.Read more

Set for The Last 5 Years

I painted this set at Seacoast Repertory Theatre.   It’s been my favorite space to work in for more than a decade.  I was supposed to have a week to paint this, but, because of scheduling problems I was left with 2 days. Yep. Two. Days.  I got it done.  They were two supremely long days.  If you’ve never worked in theatre you may not know that the hours can be absolutely crazy.  But, you do what you gotta do,right?   And weRead more

The Counting House Shingle

I painted this shingle for a production of A Christmas Carol.  I’ve painted this show at least 6 times and this is my favorite sign I did for any of them.  It helped that the designer & carpenters conspired to give me a beautifully made surface to work on.  Such a lovely shape.  The letters have some real gold leaf in them broken up with paint to age it down.  It looked great under the lights. Just the right amountRead more

Octopus Design

This is the mock-up I made for a project that never happened.  It was meant for a rotunda ceiling in a new beach house and would’ve looked amazing.  I think they were over budget and the first things to get cut are the fancy flourishes.  Oh well.  I still love my little octopus.  I think I succeeded in making him look almost sweet without becoming cloying and strong but not menacing. He now happily resides in a private collection.Read more

The Story Book Drop

I painted this  back drop in two days.  I had to work with the fabric hanging from the fly rail, which is double tough.  Have you ever tried to paint something that sways back and forth?  It’ll make you crazy! (Pro tip: staple the hem to the floor. )  I included the preliminary drawing I made for the director.  We chose the illustrations later. This was for a production of Into the Woods at New Bern Civic Theatre.  I hearRead more

Faux Marquetry Floor

  There was almost no wall space in this kitchen so it was all about the floor.  I spent more time measuring and re-measuring, and then, taping, taping, taping than I did actually painting.  Precision is important when you’re working with geometry!  I was very happy with how my design worked in this space.  So pretty.  Read more