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William Bell

Q&A with William Bell

Faux Artisan & Decorative Painter

Faux finishing are terms used to describe a wide range of decorative painting techniques. Whether you’re looking for a unique way to dress up your walls, kitchen cabinets, furniture, or need to disguise a slightly damaged wall surface, you can use a faux technique to improve the look of your home or commercial space. Faux painting adds depth and texture to any wall, kitchen cabinets, or furniture surface. It can replicate the look of another material, such as leather, suede, marble, and more. I will take your project to another level of design not available in the Knoxville area.

When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
When I was a small boy – I was always exposed to art.

Did you attend art school or are you formally taught?
I attended Parsons School of Design in NYC and an independent study in Europe over the years.

Why is art important to you?
– Imagination
– Cognitive Skills
– Creative Abilities
– Problem Solving
– Fine Motor Skills
– Language
– Social Skills
– Sense of Time and Place
– Focusing
– Listening
– Risk Taking
– Tolerance
– Uniqueness
– Critical Thinking

How would you describe your artwork?
The art of faux and faux finish painting is comprised of the techniques used to recreate the look of natural materials such as stone and woods.

How do you work?
Art is always evolving – constantly developing with the help of the world and social trends, new technologies, and so much more. As artists, we must keep up with these changes. Not only because our passion necessitates new ideas and new inspirations, but also because the artwork we previously thought to be finished might now look painfully incomplete.

What differentiates your faux from others faux work?
Well, it’s my 30 some years of experience and the products I use. They’re shipped from Italy, and I am one of few artists who have access to these supplies in America. For example, the Venetian plaster I use cannot be found in your local hardware store. If you see the two compared, there is a difference in texture and luminosity.

What makes something art?
Good art is in the eye of the beholder. Some people think Picasso is a genius, while others think he had too much wine. DaVinci painted by numbers on the Sistine Chapel ceiling and had the patience for the Mona Lisa. All grandmothers consider stick figures from the grandchildren works of immense importance.

If you could sit down with any artist, who would it be? What would you ask?
Vincent Van Gogh. Were you completely in control of your colour later in life?

Have you been featured in any press? What?
NY Times, House and Garden, Southern Living, Nashville Home, and a series on HGTV.

Have you any accolades?
Yes… I have received 19 “first” place awards in home parade shows around the countries and six alone in Nashville area.

Why are you located in East Tennessee?
I get that a lot… I came to East Tennessee to do a hospital project and found my love and decided to stay.

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