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Artisan of the Month
Clint Dunning
Artisan Decorative Finishes
Colorado

From his beginnings as a graffiti artist, Clint Dunning’s artistic talent took hold and began to capture those around him.  Paint cans morphed into the finesse of air brushing and murals.  People took notice.   Clint created landscapes, portraits, abstracts, you name it, he did it all.  He was involved in doing murals for corporations and branched out into other areas to work on displays, in-store marketing, murals of movie coveralls, software as well as video game and book covers.  Clint excels at challenges and when people began asking him if he could make a wall look like stone, he thought ‘of course, why not’.  From there his interest in faux and decorative finishing began.

With a vast array of diverse techniques at his fingertips he enjoys working with Venetian plaster “even though it is labor intensive.”  He likes to work on all surfaces; however, canvas and airbrushing are still his favorites.  Clint’s stories about his jobs and clients are endless.  He tells them with obvious fond memories, humor and pride in his work.  One of his earlier ones is about a client whose life revolves around the rock band Kiss.  His client, who happened to have a mullet at the time, and his buddy were driving to Daytona, FL in a black Trans Am to see Kiss.  He not only had twenty eight boxes of Kiss memorabilia, but hired Clint to create an airbrushed T-Shirt of Ace Freely with a star on his face that priced just over $100.00.  A one of a kind, immortalized Ace Freely T-shirt resulted in a very happy client.

Another story that Client tells with flourish is a “Keystone house that took 8 awards and basically swept the parade of homes; best interior finishes.”  He laughs and says this is a “quaint mountain cabin.”  A mountain cabin that is 6,500 square feet and cost approximately 2 million dollars to build.  This exquisite home was a convergence of artisans of every trade and it was featured in Luxe magazine.  “It was a blast to work on and we worked hard.  The builder was a drummer for the band who opened for the band Joan Jet.  He is partially deaf and talks incredibly loud and around the whole job site he just yelled.  It was so funny.  He is a great builder.  I’ve actually worked on three homes with this builder.”  Clint described the magnificence of the house, and the length that the client and artisan went to achieve the results.  “(the client handpicked) a 1500 year old bristlecone mantle and they got a permit to take this out and use it from the national forest.  They imported red cedar, for which they flew to Idaho and hand picked the trees.  They kept the bark on the main pillars and supports on the house.  It is a phenomenal house.  The living room, with its huge glass window, was a glass forest.  They used a real blacksmith to forge all of the railings in the house; the cost was almost $90,000 for the railings alone.”  Clint worked on the theater, which ran deeper than the foundation.  He describes it as “an outdoor mountain theme with tree beams, and the sun setting.”  The paint in the theater is a combination of air brush and pallet knife that brings the outside in.

Clint is currently working on a Mediterranean 13,000 square foot house in Colorado.  There are 58 columns in this beautiful custom home.  In the three domes where the columns reside, one is being done in a gold leaf, another in the dining room has metallic foil with stencil on it and the third is Venetian plaster just to showcase a few of the incredible examples of his work.  Like the old cathedrals in Europe, Clint is doing extensive stencil work on the four spines going up to the top to the center of the ceiling.  In addition, there are approximately seven powder rooms that he is currently working on.  Venetian metallic stencil, metallic paint on crown molding in the butler pantry and first floor bathrooms gives you the taste of decadence.  “They keep adding things on.  The work is continuing and challenging.”  Clint simply transcends challenges. 

Clint was referred to Kathy Carroll’s website when he was looking for product.  He has been ordering from her now for several years and has developed a relationship with her.  When Clint works with products he likes to work out of the box.  He is always trying new things and pushing the material without changing the integrity of the product.  He has found Kathy to be an invaluable resource for just this area.  “Kathy has such an incredible knowledge of product.  She suggested a product and this is why.  Her product knowledge is amazing.  She is very responsive when you call her.”  Clint has several favorite products he buys from Kathy and they are the Golden Perfetto Glaze, Gold Schabin – imitation gold leaf, and Venetian Plaster Oikos Marmorino to name a few.  He feels strongly about keeping up with furthering his education and does so through some of Kathy’s on-line classes and reading books as well.  He mentioned a “Let’s Get Waxed” class of Kathy’s that he particularly enjoyed. 

As Clint’s easy going nature shines through, his incredible upbeat personality lends to his popularity and high demand with his clients.  Additionally, Clint has a strong drive behind his business.  “I give 5% of all proceeds before health and taxes to antihuman trafficking efforts.  This is something I feel very strongly about.”  As a modern day abolitionist Clint is compelled to help rescue children.

When asked why he enjoys faux finishing Clint responds enthusiastically “Every job is a new canvas.  I like new challenges and I learn very quickly.  I am very fortunate to be able to do it and I like what I do.”  Clint has won countless awards: Corporate Design Award with the Senger Design Group Mural for Ronald McDonald House, in Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, Published in Airbrush Action Magazine, Architect Mall 2010 Best Artist and Faux Finisher List to name a few.

From the majestic beams to the starry night sky of the Keystone custom home it is clear why this incredible work of art has won numerous awards.

From the 2M category:

  • Best Interior Design
  • Best Interior Finishes
  • Best Overall

All Categories Combined

  • Realtor’s Choice Award
  • Luxe Magazine’s Best Overall Home

What avid skateboarder would not want this room?  The Vanguard Home took four awards.

  • Best Master Suite
  • Best Innovative Home
  • Best Kitchen
  • Best Overall Home

The last group of pictures that showcased gorgeous fall colors, amazing use of texture and beautiful wood beams arched over the ceilings were awarded three prestigious awards.

  • Best Master Bedroom
  • Most Innovative Overall Design
  • Best Kitchen Design

As a successful artisan Clint plans to take his business on to the next level in the future.  “I am planning on getting into hotels.  I love doing residential and commercial.  I am so busy right now.  I have been doing creative work for 13 years right now and have been having to turn away work.  Now I am looking to expand my business.  I am in the midst of formatting a plan of the next phase of my business.”  Clint is looking to break into the international market in the future and travel throughout the country for his business.

To learn more about Clint Dunning please visit www.clintdunning.com or www.proartisan.com or contact him at 719.287.7071

 

 

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