NJ Monthly Magazine's "Home &
Artistic Alternatives, Hillsborough
Arletta Tell and
Mark Romanoski give homes unique character through decorative
art painting and murals that can transform spaces and give
walls Old World charm.
Ten years ago,
Tell was a real estate agent, doing decorative furniture
painting as a hobby. "I never expected it to go
beyond that," she says. Then, a customer who had
purchased a piece of her painted furniture wanted her to
tackle a wall. Never having painted on such a large
scale, Tell was hesitant, but her customer insisted.
from that moment that this was what I was going to do,"
Tell says. What followed was a frenzy of study,
research, and experimentation.
Romanoski, her creative partner, through a mutual friend, and
the two ended up taking classes together. Romanoski
can't remember a time when art wasn't part of his life.
In addition to drawing, he's always loved comic books and
fantasy related material. After classical training with
many art teachers, including Peter Caras, himself a protégé
of Norman Rockwell, Romanoski became an illustrator.
and experience proved ideal for working on big canvases.
It's also ideal for working with clients. Tell and
Romanoski can turn one client's New Jersey wine cellar into a
piece of Italy or another's ordinary ceiling into a halo of
clouds. They can also custom-tailor their faux finishes,
wood graining or Venetian plaster to a client's sense of color
Romanoski says, "We're
both very fortunate, we love what we do." He quotes
a piece of wisdom once shared with him. "Each day,
leave your work on a happy note so you can't wait to get back
to it in the morning."
testimonials of clients whose homes Tell and Romanoski have
transformed, it's clear that those are words that they live
and work by.
Alternatives, Hillsborough NJ 08844.