April 21. 2003
Iíve been meaning to write this letter for some time, but have been so busy decorative painting that Iíve neglected it until now. When I signed up for your beginning class, I envisioned decorative painting as something I did as a side job. Was I ever wrong. Within 60 days of taking the class, I booked my largest job to that point, $45,000 on a new multi-million dollar home. Was it a fluke? Hardly. With the multitude of finishes learned in your beginning and advanced classes, coupled with the amazing new products now available on my palette, Iíve never looked back. My side job has evolved into more work than I can often handle.
(I just finished a $30,000 job on a three-million dollar Park City home. I started with an owner who thought she liked her white walls but has now done almost every room in the house.)
While faux painting has certainly proven profitable, itís not the quantity of jobs that excites me but rather the fulfillment derived. Itís creative, invigorating, inspiring, sometimes hectic, but more satisfying than I ever imagined. As such, I thought it appropriate now to drop you a note of thanks. Youíve been a terrific support and inspiration to those of us who love creativity but didnít know how to channel and support this amazingly addictive habit we call decorative painting.
All the best,
With an inherent eye for design and color, Alicyn Wright, has been utilizing her creative talents for years designing fashion for the McCall Pattern Co. in designs that are sold worldwide under the Alicyn Exclusiveís logo.
Her creative base was broadened in 1995, however, when she decided to faux several rooms in her own home. Requests for decorative painting came first from friends and neighbors, but were soon followed by calls from strangers as well as an interior designer, whoíd heard from a friend of a friend that Alicyn was a decorative painter.
Thoroughly in love with the creative outlet that decorative painting provided, Alicyn decided to get serious and in 1998 she formed Signature Designs. Craving more knowledge than books and videos could provide, she enrolled in both the basic and advanced classes at The Faux Finish Schoolģ instructed by Martin Alan Hirsch and staff, and she hasnít looked back. With five years, dozens of clients, and thousands of square feet of finished walls behind her, Alicyn still looks forward to the artistic challenges that the next client will bring.
She admits itís the variety of the creative challenge that hooked her in the beginning and still keeps her enthralled today. Itís a profession of fresh ideas. It seems thereís always a new product or finish I can use to wow the next client and best of all, I still find myself waking up in the middle of the night thinking, "hey, I know.. what if?"
Examples of recent work:
Park City Entry
Lusterstone Walls & Ceiling
Venetian Gem Wall
Stone Column & Embossing