Karen McClain has always been known for her keen sense of color and how it affects the total balance within each project as well as what is important to each specific client.
In 1980, Karen began a career in retail display which evolved into her own business, Karen McClain Visuals, Inc. in 1990. Inspired by her first sculpture — a giant saguaro cactus created as a retail display prop — Karen created a whole herd of characters and creatures designed as accent pieces as well as giant yard art animals. Her combinations of fantastic colors and shapes found their way onto one-of-a-kind-furniture pieces, turning them into collectible items of functional art. The evolution into Decorative Painting came in conjunction with the development of her art. Clients wanted total spaces designed and the Decorative Industry was just starting to be exposed by the media. As the craft has evolved so has Karen’s knowledge, from learning new techniques (ever changing) to experimenting with new products and their application. Karen is involved in teaching as well as studying all aspects of her profession.
“I love to create with color. It is amazing to me that
people don’t have a highly developed color sense but that is my strength. I believe in balance, in designing what a room can handle both in color and personality. It’s very important to listen carefully to what your client is trying to tell you or to be able to coax out of them what they have in their mind’s eye. Communication is essential. I believe it’s very important to always keep up on current trends so that I can pass that knowledge on to my clientele. Practicality comes into play quite often so I am called upon to help each client make the best possible decision that will work the best with their expectations and budget concerns.”
Commercial and Residential
Faux Finishing (Marble and Wood Graining)
Glazing, Texture and Plaster Applications
Custom Painted Art Furniture and Sculpture
Visual Merchandising / Prop Design
Custom Built and Painted Cabinetry, KOBE Construction Inc.
Remodeling, Custom Home Building
As a Licensed and Bonded Specialty Paint Contractor, Karen McClain Visuals, Inc. has always strived to establish a professional approach to ensure that every client is satisfied with the end product and the experience overall.
licensed + bonded + insured | WA Contractor's License # KARENMV085RA
Please check all Contractor Credentials on the WA State L&I Web site