Modern Mastery: Craig Getty

Craig-Getty-Metallic-Plaster-CeilingSocial Media is ALL about sharing and we were so pleased when Nevada-based decorative painter Craig Getty decided to feature some of his project pics on our Modern Masters Facebook page. The spaces, created with the help of our products, were incredible and we set out to learn more about his studio and artistry.

Craig-Getty-Anaglypta-with-Champange-and-Pale-Gold-MPCAnaglypta is a wonderful way to add pattern and interest to a ceiling. Craig took it a step further by painting and aging with our Metallic Paint Collection.

Craig-Getty-Anaglypta-with-Pale-Gold-and-Champagne-Metallic-PaintCraig Getty launched a painting contracting business in 1981 and in 2001, he shifted gears and launched Craig Getty Decorative Painting.  His range of work is quite varied and includes woodgraining, trompe l’oeil, airbrushed skies, stenciling, metallic patina finishes, decorative plasters and faux color blends. “What sets me apart are two things. First, is my color mixing and matching. Knowing color values and understanding the color wheel is the first thing I would suggest a new decorative finisher to learn. The second is my dedication to completing projects on time. I keep close communication with my clients and all other trades on every job. My goal has always been, once a client always a client,” Craig explains.

Craig-Getty-Champagne-Aged-Metallic-Paint-CollectionThe Metallic Paint Collection helps Craig Getty transform and update light fixtures on ceilings and walls. The ceiling below also features our Venetian Plaster.

Craig-Getty-Venetian-Plaster-with-Champagne-Aged-Metallic-Paint-on-LightWhat is the most inspiring place you have visited?

This last year we traveled to Italy. I can’t just pick one place in this beautiful country! From the Accademia and Uffizi Gallery and Il Duomo in Florence to the streets of Verona, the cathedrals and basilicas of Siena, Assisi, Como, Venice, and of course, Rome and the architecture of the Pantheon. I have never been so inspired in all of my life. There is now nothing I don’t want to learn and paint!

What are some of your favorite Modern Masters finishes?

As much as I love the Metallic Paint Collection, my favorite are the Metallic Plasters. I am a painter by trade, but put a trowel in my hand and I am as happy as can be! I love intermixing to create a custom color or use different layers of multiple colors. My go-to color is Suede but for multi-color layers, I like to use Espresso as the first layer to create a deep base for the next colors. This gives me a much richer-looking finish. Craig-Getty-Metallic-Plaster-on-Range-Hood-Custom-Red-Russet-Blend

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

I have been using the metallic paints and Metal Effects for ever. I’ve also used the Venetian Plaster for celebrity clients in Hollywood. But since I first discovered Metallic Plaster at the Reno Paint Mart, I started dabbling with this product on sample boards. These boards were well received by many of my designers and clients. They can be used to create an old world finish to a modern contemporary look. It has been an excellent addition to my portfolio!

Craig-Getty-Metallic-Plaster-Products-on-CeilingSuch incredible finishes – we always love to see creative projects with our product lines! Many thanks to Craig Getty for taking the time to chat with us about his studio and artistry. Please visit his website and become a fan of his fab Facebook page, where he shares much more of his wonderful work.  We hope this jumpstarts an inspiring day!

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