236 White Veined 239 Black Gold 241 Italian Yellow Sienna 342 Peabody Estate Oak Brook IL

061 Antique Yellow Sienna
240 Green Verde

238 Green Marble

244 Black Veined

247 White Veined

242 Italian Veined
Faux Mahogany345 Mahogany

232 Walnut

231 BirdsEye Maple
243 Burl Walnut
245 Crotch Mahogany

246 Golden Oak
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Chicago TROMPE l'oeil Faux Marble/Faux Bois


Over 30 years of Fine Art education, training and exhibition experience in oils and watercolor.  Interest in history and the decorative arts expanded experience to include historical stencil reproduction and design; ceiling murals influenced by Michelangelo and 18th century Baroque Master Tiepolo; reproduction of period rooms; Old World marbleizing techniques.

Upon this foundation CLASSICAL DECORATIVE ARTS was founded in 1992.  Since its inception we have had commissions in both public and private venues as well in the United States and Europe.  CLASSICAL is a lifetime member of the prestigious International Conference of Decorative Painters, also know as SALON and actively participates.

Service expertise include Renaissance and Baroque Ceiling Murals, reproduction of period rooms, historical stencil repair/reproduction, color and design, marbleizing in French and Italian Style, Furniture and wall gilding, atmospheric and decorative finishes, hand-painted and printed fabrics, color consultations.

“…I work with clients on an individual basis paying close attention to their specific needs regardless of scale.  It is not unusual to be given small areas to transform into jewels”.

Understandably, not all assignments are as ambitious as those featured in this web portfolio, but surely you have just “the” area waiting to be transformed.


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Using the Old World Techniques taught by European Masters, CLASSICAL DECORATIVE ARTS transforms areas into Faux Bois Walnut, Mahogany, Oak and Birds eye Maple. The Faux Marble samples below represent Trompe l'oeil Antique Yellow Sienna, Green Verde, Black/Gold and White Carrara marble to name a few. Several faux marble styles can be combined to create unique one-of-a-kind designed space.
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