Liz Herrmann earned a Bachelor of Arts in education from the College of Mount Saint Joseph. A love for texture, color and the creative process sparked curiosity for decorative painting. Initially self-taught, she quickly learned that many things could be transformed with paint and glaze. To further nurture her faux finishing business, ELIZABETH DESIGNS, Liz began attending professional workshops taught by industry leaders around the country. Her unique style, which is recognized within the industry, features textures adorned with various objects including (but not limited to) papers, jewels, mica, beads, and glitter.
As a working artist, Liz is able to construct classes featuring sellable finishes, while predicting potential on-the-job opportunities and challenges, and administering problem solving results. She understands that while it may be easy to produce beautiful designs in a studio, practical application and experience in doing so are paramount in constructing a successful faux finish.
Karen Kratz-Miller is the founder and artist/owner of BROAD SPECTRUM since 1993. She attended Rhode Island School of Design, as well as numerous workshops on faux finishing, graphic design, tromp l’oeil and color theory. Product line training includes classes with Faux Effects, Proceed/Golden, Modern Masters, Metropolis, and others. Karen’s understanding of color theory and knowledge of product characteristics and interactivity, contributes extensively to her ability to create unique decorative finishes and to improvise with confidence.
While maintaining their separate finishing businesses, Liz and Karen teamed up in the classroom ten years ago, sharing each of their unique style and design aesthetic with other professional decorative finishers. Recently they opened a teaching studio, THE ART AND DESIGN SPOT in the Cincinnati OH area, to inspire creativity in people of all ages and experience.