Why do I create a body of work in a contemporary style, and then sign in my family name Mathurin?
Well it's simple. After a 42-year successful run painting trompe l'oeil, still life, decorative designs in oil, acrylic and watercolor, it is the next phase. Something new. A genre not yet explored. It's been freeing to let the movement flow across the canvas.
Realism and high-definition was once my passion. Days spent in one area of the painting. Glaze after glaze to achieve exactly what would awe my clients. Which (by the way) included: royalty, celebrities and major players in the business world. Now I paint for the love of creating shapes, color combinations, and mood-evoking journeys via art. I'm doing what I enjoy.
At a very early age I was Blessed to have had European formal training from amazing artists. The one-on-one instruction was invaluable (to say the least). Some were extraordinary artists that really couldn't teach. Nor did I understand the language. Others could teach but the artistic competence was a bit shy of Master. I was like a sponge learning how to achieve certain techniques in less time, correct and adjust without frustration, and taught with confidence and patience by the age of 20.
Although I have taught and created globally for my 40 years, I've never worked a day in my life for anyone, because I do what I love. It's in my DNA. My interior design projects are all visualized from an artists' point of view. Sometimes created around my artwork but not always. Staying relevant is crucial to my clients.
We specialize in coordinating complex projects. We provide extraordinary services, so that you receive full benefit from your interior design team and specialty contractors. Our services include:
Michele Dawn Art Designs has worked with some of the finest designers in Los Angeles and Orange County, and is available to design and decorate your house – transforming it with her creative talent, unique color expertise, and eye for elegant design.
Design services can include:
We offer murals, fresco painting, wall hangings, accessories, artwork, furniture refinishing, gilding, mirror patina, and much much more. The appeal of our decorative art is that it is uniquely yours. It is built to your specifications, to blend with or stand out from your existing décor.
Murals and Trompe L'oeil
Murals and Trompe L'oeil projects are always fun and challenging to do. They combine research and skill, and each sketch allows us to improve our ability to meet your expectations.
Artists on all levels are available to work within your budget (see Mural Gallery examples by Michele Dawn). Our talented crew of artisans keeps the designs fresh and fluid.
Trompe l'oeil is a French term which means “trick the eye.” Sometimes called illusionism, this unique style of painting gives the appearance of three-dimensional or photographic realism. It has flourished since The Renaissance, and can be playful or intellectually serious.
We often combine faux and trompe l'oeil techniques to finish or refinish furniture and cabinetry. The advantage to this approach is being able to decide exactly how you want your piece to look. Whether it is a distressed finish (using colors from your décor), or a hand-painted design, you can be sure it will be a one-of-a-kind piece that will be admired for generations to come.
We will be happy to consult with you for any of your professional and artistic needs. Please contact us for additional information.
Consultation. A consultation fee is charged based upon travel time. The amount is agreed in advance of the initial meeting and should be paid at that first meeting. This fee is then applied towards your project if you choose to proceed with the proposal.
During the initial consultation, Michele will show you his portfolio and give you many options to think about. These are based on your interior—furnishings, carpet, draperies and art work.
Your space will be measured. Michele will discuss your requirements, and suggest colors, techniques, design ideas, budget, and deadlines. We pay attention to your personal preferences. Sample work will also be discussed at this point. You will then be sent a detailed written proposal for your approval.
If you are working with a designer, both Michele and the designer will visit you and proceed in the way discussed above, except we’ll have the benefit of the designer’s input as well.
Payment. A 50% down payment is required to proceed with your project. The balance is due upon completion of project. For large-scale or multiple projects, the down payment may be adjusted.
Othis Considerations. Our pricing reflects these additional factors:
Contracts and Scheduling. After the client approves the rendering or sample board, Michele Dawn Art Designssigns the contract, and schedules the project start date. All jobs are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and are only scheduled after the deposit is received. If you are on a deadline, please let us know this in the planning stage. We are sometimes booked months in advance.