Lori Le Mare is an 20 plus year veteran of our industry. Lori works, teaches, and performs internationally. As a 10 year consultant for Modern Masters she has tested their products and traveled the world teaching. Le Mare teaches at her studio in Canada as well as at stunning locations in Italy, and at a monastery in Spain. She is currently putting together a 12 week decorative painting course for disadvantage city youth.
Alison is a professional artist and decorator specializing in Italian painted furniture and the owner of Florenceart.net, a painting and decoration studio in Florence Italy. Her bottega produces fine furniture finishes and decorative art for the interior design industry worldwide.
From a Sultan’s palace… to the royal’s castles… to a rock star’s mansion… to Miami garage doors, Leonard Pardon has done it all, and done it well. After art school in London in the 60′s, he served a 6 year apprenticeship in England with his mentor A.E. Baxby. He relocated to Miami in 1992 where he lives today. In the 1980′s Pardon started teaching and produced his now classic videos (yes videos) of his marbling and graining techniques.
Teri Rody is a relative newcomer to our industry but she has not wasted any time building her successful business – Faux de Lis Decorative Arts – in the small town of Natchez, Mississippi. An experienced interior designer and mural artist, she began doing wall finishes out of design necessity and fell in love with the process.
Alan Carroll is best known to most of us for his blog Surface Fragments. A self-taught painter, he thrives on pushing his own envelope. His foray into digital imaging as a decorative painting tool generated national attention for his Kips Bay Showhouse digital faux bois and trompe l’oeil plaster entryway. Alan’s versatile style (he paints everything very, very well), his out-of-the-box use of digital technology, plus his thoughtful blogging make him an artist we should look to for the future of our industry.
Dean Sickler was a finisher before there was “faux.” After studying decorative painting in the early 80′s with some of America’s greats, he went back to college at age 36 to get a degree in art and art history. A working finisher, author and teacher, his technique and aesthetic are solidly based in tradition. This is a guy who plain likes to push paint and plasters around. His Dundean Studios offers 1-3 day classes on a variety of techniques and materials for both pro’s and novices.
Cait Whitson is coming to the US this fall to teach at Lynne Rutter Studio, September 13-17th and to The Studio Destin, Sept. 27-30th. She will be teaching marbling and graining at both locations. Cait is twice the first prize winner of the live timed marbling at the Olympix (she’s good and fast). Her delightful teaching style ensures there will be no shortage of fun and information sharing in her classes. I thought it would be interesting to find out who taught the teacher.