Modern Mastery: Andrea Blair Murrill

We are excited to showcase a phenomenal artist, Andrea Blair Murrill of Broads with Brushes, for this week’s Modern Mastery feature!  When we shared one of her Metal Effects patina projects on our Modern Masters Facebook Fan Page, the response was so wonderful that we decided to learn more about this decorative painting studio and share even more of their work with metallic finishes, decorative textures and patina effects.

 

Andrea Blair Murrill of Broads with Brushes

Andrea Blair Murrill of Broads with Brushes

Broads with Brushes was founded in 1997 by Andrea Blair. As she worked on her decorative painting career, she was also studying at the University of Texas and graduated in 2001.  Since then, the Broads with Brushes reputation and work has blossomed and she now leads a team of artists for their ongoing projects. Based in Midland, Texas, both Andrea and the Broads with Brushes team are renowned for creating custom environments and each space is infused by a warmth and uniqueness which goes far beyond what traditional paints can achieve. We had a chance to “chat” with Andrea and learn more about her company, philosophy and her artistic works with the Modern Masters decorative finishing products.

15 foot wide dome base painted with Modern Masters Pharaoh's Gold and glazed with a blend of Pale Gold, Antique Copper, Copper and Statuary Bronze.

15 foot wide dome base painted with Modern Masters Pharaoh’s Gold and glazed with a blend of Pale Gold, Antique Copper, Copper and Statuary Bronze.

What is the first work of art you remember creating?

I was lucky enough to have a relationship with my Great Grandmother, MaMom.  I used to spend summer at their house where I learned how to cook and clean with her and how to build things with my Great Grandfather, Pop.  MaMom was an artist.  She painted on canvas in oil but she never did it when I visited because she did not want me wasting her precious paint.  One year, I went to visit and she told me that she believed I was drawing well enough that she thought it was about time I learned to paint as well. That was the first time that I made art and knew that I would never stop making it.

This rotunda has an ornamental floral design both painted and glazed with Modern Masters Pale Gold Metallic Paint by Broads with Brushes.

This rotunda has an ornamental floral design both painted and glazed with Modern Masters Pale Gold Metallic Paint.

A kitchen island stained in Ebony then dry brushed with Modern Masters Silver and Warm Silver by Broads with Brushes

A kitchen island stained in Ebony then dry brushed with Modern Masters Silver and Warm Silver.

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

How has it NOT enhanced my business?  Modern Masters has so many products from texture to acid it makes my head spin!  I love the metallic paint colors because they don’t change their hue if I thin them out.  That was the first reason I started using them.  The texture products are great for walls but they also work on canvas or objects.  I refinished some frames and candlesticks at home with Texture Effects and Metal Effects.  They look like we dragged them up from the ocean floor.  I also used SkimStone on one of my countertops a few years ago and it has held up very well!

Unfinished aluminum tiles were created with Modern Masters Texture Effects and then glazed with diluted Modern Masters Metallic Paints

Unfinished aluminum tiles were created with Modern Masters Texture Effects and then glazed with diluted Modern Masters Metallic Paints.

This grand entry was executed with Texture Effects, layered with Metal Effects and Modern Masters Metallics then oxidized with Rust activator.

This grand entry was executed with Texture Effects, layered with Metal Effects and Modern Masters Metallics then oxidized with Rust activator.

What is the most inspiring space or place you have visited?

I would have to say Italy.  I went to Florence and was overwhelmed by the architecture and aged plaster.  Everything is so old and crusty and beautiful.  The art is incredible whether it has a famous name attached or just a working artist with a studio shop.  The landscape is extraordinary compared to my little desert town. I wish I could go and live there for a year or two and just work on new ideas and projects that I could do for clients.

What are some of your favorite Modern Masters finishes?

My all time favorite is the Metal Effects.  I love it because I have a predictable outcome without the instant effect.  I love watching the patina dry and morph into a gorgeous and interesting finish.  I love that I really don’t have to think about pattern or trying to be random for it to look legitimate.  The product almost works on its own!

A textured dining room ceiling created with tinted Texture Effects then glazed with Metal Effects Copper and Iron paint oxidized with Rust and Blue Patina

A textured dining room ceiling created with tinted Texture Effects then glazed with Metal Effects Copper and Iron paint oxidized with Rust and Blue Patina.

A dining room ceiling base coated with a cinnamon color & glazed with Modern Masters Copper & Antique Copper Metallic Paints. Shading applied with Blackened Bronze and Embellished with furniture studs

A dining room ceiling base coated with a cinnamon color & glazed with Modern Masters Copper & Antique Copper Metallic Paints. Shading applied with Blackened Bronze and Embellished with furniture studs.

We want to thank Andrea Blair Murrill so much for sharing her team’s gorgeous artistry with us! You can see more of their incredible work on their Broads with Brushes Facebook Fan Page! It has been a pleasure to see some of the amazing work created with our product lines!  Be sure to catch more Modern Masters inspiration in our Facebook fan page, Pinterest boards and Twitter stream!

 

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