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

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

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

The Night Sky Ceiling

This ceiling is a barrel vault, fourteen feet high at the top.  I had to work off staging.  Miserable.  But at the same time, I loved it.  Such a special project.  The homeowner and I had already agreed that it needed to be a night sky, but I wanted more direction.  When I paint for you it’s very detailed and specialized.  So I asked her, ” Is there a date that is special to you?”  She looked puzzled as toRead more

Herring Gull

I painted this cheeky looking fellow for a lovely Scottish gentleman who worked his entire career as a merchant marine.  I think he missed the constant company of the herring gulls.  Now he has one in his master bath to watch him brush his teeth every morning.Read more

The Eight Foot Heron

His name is Michael.  That’s what the homeowner named him.  “After the recent hurricane”, she said.   I love that he has a name.  This handsome devil is nearly eight feet tall and graces the entryway of a home in Beaufort, NC.  I think it’s obvious that it’s a (huge) homage to Audubon.Read more