PATRICK  ROULLIER DESIGN
FINE ARTS APPLICATION IN THE DECORATIVE ARTS
1200 WEST 35TH STREET CHICAGO ILLINOIS  60609
PATRICK@PATRICKROULLIERDESIGN.COM

ABOUT

Interest in the arts and painting furniture came at an early age. I would frequent markets and sales with my parents every weekend in the summer to find furniture, tools or whatever may have struck their fancy. It fostered a quality in me of looking at the potential in objects that need a little love and work, not being afraid of a challenge and knowing a little elbow grease was in order.  

  EDUCATION IN VARIOUS FORMS
     I graduated with a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago with a focus on Scientific Illustration.  I was preparing to continue my education in the medical arts when I had a chance meeting that changed the course of my life.   I struck up a conversation with a woman looking intently at a store window. That woman was Anna Chiara Branca and the store was her daughters design studio "BRANCA".  After much persistance I showed her my portfoilo and was granted a postion in her studio.  I worked for her in her studio within her daughter's design firm, Branca, the last year of school.  Anna Chiara opened my eyes to the detail and expertise in traditional decorative arts and inspired my love and interest in researching the history of decorative arts  and its many applications.  She instilled in  me a passion for details: to be aware of the nuances between various techniques in design, gilding, faux finishes and japanning. It was a short apprentice experience but one I treasure. I have much respect and gratitude for her lessons on work and on life as well.


 For several years after leaving Branca and finishing my BFA at SAIC, I worked as a designer and production painter for Frederick Cooper Lamps in Chicago.  It was another type of education. The commercial work for a mass production high end audience  was rewarding and challenging.  The introduction  to international markets, and the demands of  sales, resourcing, organizing and quality control emphasized understanding more than just painting techniques .  After several years of production and development of finishes and decorative painting for the company, I grew anxious for my work to have more meaning. I wanted to have more of a connection to my audience. And now,  with pride, for over 20 years, I have  focused on working for residential interior designers, event planners and small retail venues around the country. I am continually pushing myself to create work to utilize my developed repetoire of techniques and design interests. I continue to be invigorated, painting and working in design every day on a variety of projects for some of the leading designers in Chicago and around the country.

FINE ARTS APPLICATION IN THE  DECORATIVE ARTS

  PAINTING MY FIRST PROJECT AT AGE 5
 

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