How to select a decorative artist



Not all decorative artists are alike. Since decorative painting is an art, always choose your artist with care. Here are a few questions you should always ask when hiring a decorative painter.

Where did you receive your training?
Sadly, many faux painters learn on the job. Don’t let your home be their school. I was personally trained by renowned artist and pioneer in the faux industry, Martin Alan Hirsch. In addition, I am experienced; I have finished literally thousands of square feet of walls in countless styles.

How long have you been decorative painting?
I’ve been painting professionally for over fifteen years. Yes, I realize that means I’m getting old—but remember, I’m experienced.

Will you run samples?
If your decorative artist won’t run an exact sample of what you’ll be getting on your walls, then get another decorative artist. I always provide samples so everyone knows what to expect.

Will you quote me an exact price up front?
Of course. Once we’ve met and decided on the finish that will look best in your home, I measure your walls and then give you a written bid. Expect nothing less.

Can you match the colors in my home?
I custom match all finishes to compliment your paint and décor. If the only choice your decorative artist offers is the colors swabs in a paint book, then you’re selling yourself short.

Do you have a portfolio of your work?
Absolutely. Always ask and expect to see a portfolio of past work, including references. If a decorative artist can’t show you their work, they haven’t been working long enough.

Are you a painting contractor as well as a decorative artist?
No, I’m a licensed and insured decorative artist. Sadly, most painting contractors think they can also faux. The truth is the majority simply push glaze around the wall. The results speak for themselves. I’ve personally repainted dozens of homes for dissatisfied homeowners who unknowingly hired their painting contractor to faux their walls because he promised he’d do a good job. Don’t rely on promises—ask for samples and references.

Do you do the actual work?
This is one of the most important questions you can ask. Many painting contractors meet with the homeowner, but then send out a separate crew to do the work. Bad idea. You’re hiring an artist, not a laborer. When you hire me—you get me. Sure, I may bring along other people to help, but I’m always there, hands on, directing every bit of the work. After all, my reputation is on the line.