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Illustrated and Handmade designs

Custom Paintings

Signature 81 Storefront

Illustration Work, Custom PaintingsMaria ValleseComment

My friends over at Signature 81 recently expanded their space in Clinton, NY. Signature 81 carries vintage and handmade homegoods from local and regional vendors, artists and crafters. Creating the new space was a group effort, and the owner, Crystal, asked me to create and paint a moroccan themed design around her front door. 

After Crystal had decided on the color for her storefront, I went to work creating a repeating pattern that matched her signature style and integrated parts of her logo. 

We decided to paint the main design in white, to match her accents on the rest of the building, and add touches of antique gold and teal to match her sign and the rest of her branding. 


Hinckley Reservoir Adirondack Chair

Custom PaintingsMaria ValleseComment

This past August I was asked to create a retirement gift for an employee at the Mohawk Valley Water Authority. The woman who contacted me, Donna, had a few ideas for the gift and we eventually decided upon an Adirondack chair with a landscape scene of Hinckley Reservoir, facing the dam. 

Hinckley Reservoir Adirondack chair, facing the dam. 

Detail of hand lettering on the front of the Hinckley Reservoir Adirondack Chair. 

On the back of the chair we included all of the MVWA's logos, past and present. 

Back of Hinckley Reservoir Adirondack chair, with MVWA's past and present logos. 

The chair was created using oils and some acrylics. It just so happens that a good friend of mine has a camp directly across from the dam, looking right at this scene. I was able to work from my own sketches and photos, and a few photos contributed by my friend - something I don't get to do often when it comes to custom work. 

Detail of landscape painting of Hinckley Reservoir.