IDAL Instructor Biography

Donna Phelps

Donna Phelps is an accomplished faux and decorative artist and has operated a successful faux finishing business for the past twenty five years. She has trained extensively at schools from California to Florida with masters of the industry. As owner and principle instructor of Sarasota School of Faux & Architectural Finishing for more than 20 years, Donna has built her reputation on specializing in the development of new techniques and resourcing new embellishment materials. Her innovative collection of techniques and embellishments are showcased in her designs of trend setting decorative finishes. She continues to study new products and techniques as they are developed and ongoing studies at The Faux Effects Studio with their ever-growing water-based product lines help keep her teaching style fresh and her techniques cutting edge. Her extensive training and experience translates into her ability to offer her students a wealth of real world knowledge, technical support, and the unique opportunity to learn to execute complex finishes with simple and profitable techniques.

Donna's teaching credentials include trainer certification and licensure in all Faux Effects Training Workshops and in the use and understanding of both Gold and Silver Label Products. She has taught as a guest instructor many times at Faux Effects International in Vero Beach and in Dallas, as well as at Faux Effects Distributor locations including Prismatic Painting Studio, Cincinnati; Faux Design Studio, Chicago; FauxWorks Studio, High Point; The Finishing School, Long Island; and Designer Finishes, Warrensburg, Il; After her first attendance at a SALI Convention as a student in 1998, she has taught at annual SALI/IDAL conventions all but four years and taught at several Faux Event and Faux Expo Conventions in Florida and at the Concrete Decor Show in Indianapolis.

Her home studio, Sarasota School of Faux & Architectural Finishing is a Professional Faux Effects Licensed Training and Distribution Center. The school offers a full complement of the Faux Effects Series of workshops including Designer Wall classes, Donna's own personal Signature Workshops, as well as Guest Training Workshops with some of the best in the industry traveling to Sarasota to share their own classic and cutting edge designs. Donna's most current line-up of classes focus on introducing the latest in the Faux Effects product line including the exciting new glitter embedded Galaxy Stone, a highly durable and easily customizable material perfect for today's market, beautifully modern, matte finish NuVilla Plasters, and new StucoLux Shimmer, a shimmery tintable plaster product. She is excited to be sharing with her students the latest in innovations in embellishments for the faux finishing industry including her own unique DpD Stencil Designs, Embella Pattern Rollers, fabulous Mica Magic Flakes in every color and size imaginable, top of the line, color safe industrial grade Mirror Glitz in 20 super sparkly metallic colors and brand new Silver Slipper glass glitter.

With her enthusiasm and creativity well in place, Donna will always offer her clients and her students cutting edge finishes and techniques with a smile. Please feel free to call Donna at her home studio, Sarasota School of Faux & Architectural Finishing at 888-454-FAUX for more info about her upcoming Paint Decor workshops in Indianapolis and all she has to offer professional faux finishing and decorative concrete artists desiring to become current with cutting edge decorative design trends!

Donna's Mantra: Never stop learning, always walk towards the next opportunity to experience something new, open armed and open minded!

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