From Our Editors
Faux finishes easily turn a boring room or a dull piece of furniture into a work of art—whether it's marbling, wood graining, Venetian plastering, or trompe l'oeil. Artist Ronald Layman has devoted his career to perfecting these faux finishes, and perfect them has has. A fourth-generation painter and craftsman, Ronald has been commissioned for projects at prestigious institutions such as the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian.
Since 2001, Ronald has also headed The Faux School, where he teaches beginner and advanced painters his many techniques. The Maryland studio is a particularly inspiring atmosphere for students, as it's housed in a historic building outfitted with original tin ceilings, marble columns, and, of course, plenty of faux finishes. Students can opt to pursue serious training or pop in for a fun evening of BYOB painting.