Modern Mastery: Arlene Mcloughlin

Arlene McloughlinWe’ve recently had the pleasure of catching up with Arlene Mcloughlin of Arlene Mcloughlin Murals, a wonderful artist based in the New York area. Arlene has been painting professionally for over 30 years and services Long Island and the five New York City boroughs. Her love of drawing and painting became an obsession at the young age of 5 and later lead to a career as a fashion illustrator/designer. She also designed her own wedding gowns, bridesmaids and flower girl dresses with great success.

After starting a family, Arlene looked for avenues that would allow her flexibility with her time while still providing a creative outlet for her love of the arts. As she designed her daughter’s nursery and painted a circus themed mural, she fell in love with decorative painting and began taking classes for wall finishes. This lead to a full time business by the time she had her second child. Since then, her business has been thriving and many of her bridal clients have become mural clients, with some who have become close friends. “I like that, for me it works to have a warm relationship with many of the people who invite me into their homes to create something unique, creative and ultimately bring their visions to life.” Let’s take a closer look at some of Arlene’s work and see how Modern Masters has inspired her work.

 

How has Modern Masters enhanced your business?

Modern Masters has enhanced my business with their products in quite a few ways. First and foremost would be the ease of use. The Metallic Paint Collection is my go-to for many projects and the array of colors are like a rainbow of precious metals in liquid paint form. I really love them. Whether they’re used for a finish, fine art or just a simple stencil, Modern Masters Metallic Paints really have made my portfolio “pop”. I also love the plasters but my favorite is the Texture Effects. I use it for so many finishes and it really is a versatile product. It can go from  providing a “crusty” old-world finish to industrial high energy finishes when combined with my metallic recipes.

 Modern Masters Venetian Plaster and Texture Effects on 2 story foyer walls | By Arlene Mcloughlin Murals

The walls of this 2 story foyer were finished with a mix of Modern Masters Venetian Plaster and Texture Effects for a warm dimensional finish.

 

Modern Masters Platinum Metallic Paint for stripes | By Arlene Mcloughlin MuralsModern Masters Platinum Metallic Paint was used for these vertical stripes and adds a subtle yet elegant look to this formal living room.

 

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

 

I know it sounds cliche but truly, I was influenced, inspired and brought to tears many times in my recent trip to Italy in summer of 2013. The Vatican frescoes really made an impression on me. The magnitude of the work achieved there is nothing short of a miracle in my eyes.

 Modern Masters Metallic Paint for trim with English Brown glaze and Sashay Red with Brown Suede Glaze for insert | By Arlene Mcloughlin Murals

This ceiling medallion was given an English Brown glaze over the gold trim and Sashay Red Metallic Paint with a Brown Suede glaze for the insert.

 

Modern Masters Warm Silver Metallic Paint used for a freehand mural with matching nightstands | By Arlene Mcloughlin Murals

This master bedroom was given a beautiful freehand mural using Warm Silver Metallic Paint. Notice the matching nightstands?

 

What is your dream finishing project?

My dream project has been to do a scenic mural in a two story foyer, possibly including the ceiling in a French scenic wallpaper style. I have done many murals over the years but this would truly be the icing on an already incredibly gratifying career.

 

Modern Masters Silver Metallic Paint box design on walls and glaze on ceiling | By Arlene Mcloughlin Murals

This master bedroom was given a checkered accent wall and glazed ceiling inserts with Modern Masters Silver Metallic Paint.

 

Modern Masters Plum Metallic Paint on walls with Olympic Gold stripes | By Arlene Mcloughlin Murals

The rich PLUM walls were given thin, vertical stripes with TEQUILA Gold metallic paint.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed taking a closer look at the Arlene’s beautiful decorative artistry. Please be sure to stop Arlene Mcloughlin Murals to see more of her work! Whether it be an accent wall, stripes or a crumbly texture, Modern Masters Products can provide that extra dose of brilliance to any project. For more inspiration, be sure to stop by our Pinterest boards and “Like” us on our Facebook Fan Page!