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ARTIST BIO 2014
Award-winning Professional Artist Annemarie Johnson owner of Trompe L’oeil Studios Inc, transforms residential homes and commercial spaces from everyday to extraordinary. From vivid, highly original painting on canvas to breathtaking murals and eye-catching faux finishes, bringing your dreams to life.
Annemarie is known for decorative painting and wall finishes, including gilding, hand painted wood grain, marbling and hand troweled Italian plaster.
Born in Baden, Austria Annemarie came to Canada at a very early age, eventually settling in Nova Scotia. She began her career as a professional Artist in 2000. Since then, Annemarie’s murals and faux finishes have been featured in a number of magazines including the Halifax Designer Showcase in support of Kid’s Help Phone. Publications such as East Coast Living, Saltscapes, The Pentecostal Testimony and INTEGRITY Christian Business Magazine and the Halifax Chamber of Commerce magazine BUSINESS VOICE, and online magazine ARTISPHERE ON LINE have profiled her work.
Annemarie is located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Toronto based designer who has pursued her love for the ancient art of Verre Eglomise, a French term meaning reverse painting and gilding on glass. Gilding is the process of applying genuine gold leaf or other precious metal leaf on a surface.
Marybeth is a professional member of ASID American Society of Interior Designers New York Metro chapter and ARIDO Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario.
Her artwork is been exhibited in Toronto and the US. She had worked with clients on commissioned pieces.
Symeon van Donkelaar, Iconographer
The main work of the Conestoga Iconographic Studio is the creation of sacred icons for churches and homes. The saints and festivals depicted varies, but is usually connected to the person or congregation commissioning the icon. All of them are created in the same way—using local materials from the village of Conestoga to create a vision of heaven.
Day by day, local wood, soil, plants, and even bones are collected, worked, and offered in the making of an icon. This work is part of a consciousness that seeks to create locally from the place where the studio is located—an embodiment of creating in harmony with our environment. The stylistic-vision of its icons, for which the studio is known, is a gift from the Holy Spirit that embodies an ancient and direct vision. The resulting icons are works of great skill, which witness across Christendom, about our lives of faith and prayer.
Custom Picture Framer, Artist, Photographer. Gilding on frames and gilded frame restoration