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Mark Tillman
Mark Tillman Walls
St. Louis, MO

It all began 30 years ago while Mark Tillman’s friend was having his hallway sponge painted. His friend watched the painters work and explained to Mark how they had achieved the effect. Mark was intrigued by sponge painting and his friend let him try it out in their office. Mark was hooked. After painting the office he started researching faux finishing and taking classes to hone his skills.

Now Mark works predominantly in textured, multi layer finishes and his focus is on walls and ceilings. Mark is very passionate about his work, stressing “I have a love and passion for what I do.” When asked what his favorite finish is, he replies “it’s like the favorite child … I don’t have one. Metallics, foils, and textures, I like it all.” At a recent new construction job that he was working on at a Senior living center, he finished a 5 floor open area in a Venetian plaster type finish that looked like a weathered Italian wall with multiple glazes. Now he is returning to add a sandstone finish to the high vaulted ceiling, and some artisans from his local IDAL chapter are adding vines and floral design.

He is not shy about bringing in other artisans on the job, saying “I’m not trying to be a different type of artist. I specialize in walls and ceilings and that’s what people call me for.” On another recent project for a return client who was remodeling their kitchen, he was able to help his client with sourcing an excellent cabinet painter while he applied a Venetian plaster textured finish to the walls. First the wall was painted an almond color followed by metallic pearl, then Venetian plaster that was skip troweled and glazed in brown with a trowel of metallic pearl and a clear glaze on top.

Repeat business is very important to Mark, and he takes great pride in his large amount of repeat business. He also appreciates the trust that his clients put in him to formulate the perfect finish for their space. One particular client gave him a selection of fabric swatches and colors to formulate a finish for them. Mark took those swatches to The Chicago Institute of Fine Finishes and worked with Sue to create 10-12 unique cutting edge finishes. His investment in the open session paid off and he was able to sell almost all of those finishes. It’s this commitment to his ongoing education that keeps Mark in the forefront of the minds of area designers and his clients. They know when they go with Mark they will be getting something unique, and since Mark is committed to creating sample boards for his client’s approval before starting a job, the customer always knows they will be getting a quality finish.

Mark stresses the importance of continuing education for his success over the years. “I’m not stuck in the rut with doing the same thing. New finishes can be stressful, but continuing my education keeps me up for the challenge. “ Mark began taking classes from Kathy in the late 90’s and has been returning to her ever since. He’s had great experiences working with Sue as well saying “Sue is a dynamo! I’ve done 3 different sessions with Sue in the past 2 years.” Mark enjoys the personal attention that you get when having a private session. As a very visual and hands-on person, he finds it helpful to be working along while learning a finish and to be able to stop and clarify different points and address concerns along the way, something that you cannot always do in a class with other students.

In addition to taking classes from Kathy and her other instructors, Mark also loves the convenience of purchasing from Faux By Kathy. He likes to use the Proceed and Golden lines of products, but more than that he loves the great support he gets from the team at Faux By Kathy. There is always someone around to help troubleshoot and answer questions when he needs it.

Along with continuing his education, Mark is also a member of his local IDAL (International Decorative Artisans League) chapter and a past president and board member of the Metro Artisans Guild.

For more information about Mark Tillman Walls, please contact Mark via email at mtillman2@prodigy.net, or visit his website www.marktillmanwalls.com.


 

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