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Artisan of the Month
Shari Fry Decorative Artisan

Shari Fry Decorative Artisan Columbiana, OH 44408

Inspiration struck for Shari Fry one afternoon on her trip to Williamsburg, Virginia. As she walked into a quaint bookstore she was drawn to a book, Paint Magic by Jocasta Innes. As she looked through the book she was excited to try the techniques herself.

Once Shari returned home she decided to take matters into her own hands. “I started to do my own thing and followed the instructions in the book. I began with my family. I was looking for change. Life was too short to sit behind a desk,” said Shari.

Change was in the air and Shari made the leap. Her business Shari Fry Faux Finishes was established in Columbiana, Ohio. She predominately works in Columbiana and Mahoning Counties.

Pompeii-Crackle Decorative faux Finish Columbiana, OH 44408

In Shari’s business she strives to stay current in the industry. Shari came across Kathy Carroll while looking for new products on the Internet. “At the time I did not have the money to travel to her class so I opted for her online courses. They were really good. It was like being there. It was a very affordable way to learn new finishes. I ordered the materials, did the course, and sold the board the first time I showed it in a week. I was impressed that I was able to do the class. I’ve taken other online classes and it hasn’t worked out.”

Shari recently completed the Professional Update class taught by Kathy. “She is excellent. She kept the class in order and explained everything. It was intense and fun. She told you if you did something wrong and praised you if you did it right,” said Shari. She has several favorite products she purchases from Kathy: the Bella Sabbia products and waxes.

Staying current in the industry is important to Shari. No matter what she does, her creativity always finds a way to make itself known. “I do try to come up with my own ideas for different finishes. A lot of times you get inspired to do something for the customer but its important to go to classes and see what new products are out there. You aren’t limited to what’s in the class. You can try new things and create your own,” said Shari.

Marble fireplace Decorative faux Finish Columbiana, OH 44408

Shari find’s her work to be inspiring, satisfying, a truly wonderful creative outlet. “Murals are my favorite. Ninety percent of my business is finishes on the walls. I do a lot of mural work and hand painting. I love the flexibility of the schedule and being creative,” said Shari.

There are favorite techniques and finishes, but the people are the driving factor for Shari. “I had a couple that came in. They had a tough time conceiving. I did a whole safari mural in their nursery. They have sent me a Christmas card every year with their child in front of it. It’s so sweet and personal,” said Shari.

Repeat customers and long time friends are the trend for Shari. “I end up being close to my customers. One client taught me to cook Lebanese. Another made me an Italian pizza from scratch. I develop close relationships with my clients. I have a lot of repeat business. Even if it’s five years later, they do call,” said Shari. “I work well with people, customizing their homes in terms of color and design to give them what they want. Most of the time I come away with a friend.”

With the way things are going, Shari has definite plans for her business. “Never to retire. I would like to keep painting as long as I can continue to update and educate myself with new techniques and finishes.”

For more information about Shari Fry or Shari Fry Faux Finishes please call 330.482.2054 or visit www.sfryfauxfinishes.com

 

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