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Carmen Vergara

Carmen Vergara left behind her five siblings, parents, and job as a graphic designer in Chile to venture to the United States with her husband. Upon her arrival, she dedicated the first couple of years to learning English and raising her two children. Over time, her graphic design degree from Universidad de Chile beckoned. “I realized that I could do more than just graphic design; I can also do furniture and walls,” explained Carmen. In 2001, she moved to Greenwich, Connecticut and noticed exciting opportunities in the decorative business.

A contractor recognized her talent and gave her the opportunity to showcase her skills to the decorative world. “He connected me with local designers and we have been working together ever since. Their company is still growing, as we are (the contractors), along with it. Now, I’m working on new projects everyday.” In 2002, she started her own business: Carmen Vergara Decorative Painting. Focusing on residential work, her company is based in Greenwich. The majority of her work in the tri-state area, but she travels for the right job.

Enjoying a variety of mediums, Carmen’s company excels from walls to furniture and so many surfaces in-between. “I enjoy painting. It’s very easy for me to work with color. I do finishes, murals, and stains. Now I’m creating special finishes for wood because clients are looking for something different. But my favorite is working with walls, doing plaster, and applying all the finishes that I learned at the Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes. That is my passion.”

While Carmen experiments with creating new finishes in her studio, she carves out time for continued education classes in her field. She learned about the Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes, and Kathy Carroll, while working on a job with a colleague, Lessandra Martins Melo. They decided to take a class together. “When I got with the Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes I was so happy because I learned new products. That opened my mind with new possibilities. People want creative, unique ideas, not repeat patterns. When they work with me, they know I’m open to try new things. They [Kathy and Sue] are very organized.” They accommodated the time Carmen did have and their organization aided her hectic schedule. “I’ve sold some finishes already and I’m so happy.”

In addition to her private clients, Carmen collaborates with a team of interior designers, contractors, and architects. They have received various awards for their outstanding work and are featured in magazines such as luxe, New England Home, and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.

In her continued association with the construction company, Carmen’s diverse finishes are present in all their new homes. “I create special finishes for the owners of the company. Their projects are challenging; they require me to create and combine various techniques and formulas to achieve the correct color. They said I do magic. We have a pleasant working environment. I‘ve been working with them for more than eight years and I’m extremely grateful for our relationship. No other job compares.”

“It’s not difficult for me to understand the client’s style once I step into their home.” One of the most memorable projects in which I was involved required me to paint several rooms with various finishes. “There were about six different unique finishes done on the walls with mixed mediums, glossy paint, and custom made Venetian plaster. After about three months the client loved the final finishes and textures.”

Carmen prefers to do the job herself, especially when it comes to the details and the final finishes. “When it’s an artistic finish, I’m doing the final effect. It’s hard to always be present when you are handling multiple jobs and run a business. I prefer to do it myself rather than put different people on the project. The artist has to be there. You can’t have a different artist for the same job.” Carmen also knows the worth of a job well done. “I was working on a huge house in Greenwich in December and part of January. For ten months I produced twenty-seven different color samples until the owner said this is my color. It was a process. I’m extremely patient. I do the work that no one else wants to do.”

Carmen’s future plans are to continue on the same path. “I’m in the right place, where I want to be. I was born to do this. I love my life and my work. I will always be working in the art field. I look forward to coming back to the Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes.”

To learn more about Carmen Vergara or Carmen Vergara Decorative Painting please call 203.531.1083 or visit www.carmenvergara.com

 


 

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