Steamboat Springs Her style of painting may mean "fake" or "false" in French, but when it comes to being a faux painter, Jayne Taylor is the real thing.
Faux painting, which is more commonly known as decorative painting, involves a mixture of techniques that create a number of visual effects, such as marble, leather, texture, stone and wood.
Taylor, of Stagecoach, was recently nationally recognized for her work in faux painting.
The Fauxcademy Awards in Key West, Fla., brought together professional faux painters from around the country to celebrate superior work.
Taylor submitted several examples of her painting in the spring to the Fauxcademy.
She learned at the four-day event in late June one of her submissions had been selected as the most original faux creation.
"I was so surprised that I won," she said.
"If I had known who the competition was, I never would have entered the contest."
The submission that netted Taylor the honor was her enchanted pearl finish, which can be seen in the home of Thom and Noreen McMahon of Whitewood.
The finish was applied to the McMahons' entrance, great room, dining room and kitchen.
Taylor created the finish by applying a cinnamon-tinted oil glaze to the walls with a tile sponge and natural bristle brush dipped and rinsed in a natural stain for an easier, flowing application.
After allowing the finish to dry for 24 hours, she applied a water-soluble pearl finish and rolled it evenly over the walls.
Both Taylor and her clients were pleasantly surprised by the effect of sunlight on the finish.
The finish shifts the color of the room, depending on where the light hits the walls and ceiling.
The morning rays cast the room in iridescent pearl, the afternoon sun washes the walls in cinnamon and dusk creates the romantic look of suede.
It's an accomplishment Taylor is proud to call her own.
Although faux painting has recently earned a large following, it is nothing new to the world of interior design.
"It's an old art that is in high demand now," Taylor said.
Many of the techniques used in faux painting produce effects that reflect the style of a different era.
Taylor specializes in a variety of techniques, from old frescoes and Old World villa to serpentine and luster stone.
She first learned the art of faux painting in 1985 in New York City, where she was an interior designer for Xerox.
The idea of focusing on one element in interior design peaked her interest, so she stuck with faux painting.
In addition to currently pursuing several decorative painting projects both locally and abroad, Taylor would like to eventually share her passion for her work with people closer to home.
She has considered offering faux painting classes in Steamboat in the future.
Taylor recently returned to school to brush up on a few more tricks of the trade.
Her line of work, she said, demands that she always stay abreast of the newest trends in faux painting because the art is constantly evolving.
But Taylor has no qualms with making new discoveries.
"I love what I do," she said.
"You're never finished learning in this job."
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