I am skilled at painted Trompe L’Oeil or Faux Wood Graining and Faux Marble (ranging from exact matching, to general types of marble, to more simplified theatrical or invented ‘fantasy’ marble). My abilities at matching color and pattern are particularly useful for painted repairs or to complement existing elements.
Faux Beige Travertine Marble Electrical Plates
Oftimes we consider my work best if no one notices it. Here I have made some ugly white electrical plates disappear into a beige travertine marble back splash with acrylic paints. I've made at least a thousand fixtures like this blend into their associated backgrounds over the years: matching wood, marble (or whatever) with custom Trompe L'Oeil painted pattern and color.
Faux Imperador Marbles
I mimicked this popular chocolate brown marble while painting two wooden columns and part of a fireplace surround with Faux (fake) or Trompe L'Oeil (fool the eye) technique in oil/alkyd paints. A skilled artisan can save the client a great deal of money on actual carved marble. And, the Faux work then becomes a remarkable conversation piece.
Faux Bois (Wood)
I’ve often been asked to paint Faux Bois (fake wood): sometimes to repair a damaged area, or make a fixture disappear or to create a full illusion. Here I've mimicked a beautiful deep grained oak paneling to make some unsightly electrical plates disappear. This was a rather unusual example of wood graining, so I thought to include it here. Such work is best if unnoticed: if it makes what has been painted camouflaged or blended in with the background. Trompe L’Oeil (fool the eye painting) has many effective design applications such as this.