Who is Liz?



For many years, Liz has dreamed of owning a studio.  The positive experiences of teaching, along with the connections she has made with colleagues and students, was motivation for her to leap into opening The Art and Design Spot.  Her vision includes encouraging the hidden artist in those who fear creating, along with providing seasoned artists a community where they can share their passions. Her hope is that individuals will not fear art, but rather embrace a new challenge and discover hidden gifts. 

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in education from the College of Mount Saint Joseph, Liz spent several years as the busy mother of 3 children, and supportive partner to an entrepreneur husband.  Eventually, a love for texture, color and the creative process sparked her curiosity for decorative painting. Initially self taught, she quickly learned that many things could be transformed with paint and glaze.  To further nurture her interest in "faux finishing" Liz began attending professional workshops taught by industry leaders around the country.  

What started out as a hobby, developed into a thriving business.  Her work can be seen in homes and businesses throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.  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. 

Liz has participated in many home shows including Cincinnati and Dayton Homearamas, Cincinnati's Citirama as well as Northern Kentucky's Homefest and Cavalcade of Homes.  She works with several Interior Designers in the area providing custom, creative finishes in clients' homes and businesses.  Examples of her work can be found here

As a certified instructor, Liz, along with her teaching partner, Karen Kratz-Miller, have been fortunate  to teach many of their peers on a professional level. Their workshops have been hosted by prestigious studios around the country.  

In sharing what she loves, Liz gains much more, by being enveloped and inspired by kindred creatives.  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.