Artist & Process
The Artist
Nancy Kramer has been painting professionally since 1976, creating airbrush and canvas paintings. She put her business on hold after she married and had four children. Then in 1993 she established The Artistic Approach in Avon, CT and began her decorative painting business. Her painting has included murals, faux finishes, decorative art, trompe l'oeil, striping, Venetian plaster, polished plaster, shimmer stone, stenciling (2-D and 3-D), lettering, faux tile, and antiquing cabinets and furniture for many private homes, designers, builders, and businesses in Connecticut.

Nancy has painted in Heublein Tower, one of Connecticut’s most recognized landmarks. Her painting consisted of a trompe l'oeil mural near the dining room and faux wood in the observation tower in order to help depict and preserve the original authenticity of this historic landmark.

She was also commissioned to paint two cows for the 2000 New York Cow Parade and both cows were selected out of over 600 to be published in their book that year, consisting of about 70 photos. Also, her son, Michael Kramer, collaborated with her on painting a cow for the West Hartford Cow Parade (see links below). Nancy has also painted murals in the Jim Hughes & Royce Gracie Studio in West Hartford, Connecticut and several restaurants in Connecticut.

In 1999, Nancy completed a full room landscape mural for the Junior League of Hartford’s annual show house, and in 2009, she was chosen to paint in the dining room of another Junior League show house.

With a born artistic talent and a bachelor’s degree in business management, she possesses the perfect mix of skills to work effectively and efficiently to create your custom design project.

New York Road Cow Racer
No Milk Today, Gone Fishin'
Vintage Adriaen's Landing

The Artistic Process
My first meeting with you will be complimentary, and we will discuss your project. At that time, I will present my previously created sample boards of faux finishes and a very extensive portfolio of my art work. Colors and techniques will be suggested. Then I will send you a quote and if you agree to the terms, I will begin creating faux finish sample boards or sketches for your mural in my studio.

After the set of sample boards or sketches have been completed, I will revisit you to discuss them. You will have the opportunity to keep them during this decision-making process. It’s important for you to see the samples not only during the daylight but in the evening with your room lighting. Once a sample is chosen, I will inform you of the base coat color and sheen for your painter to apply (I also offer this service or can give you names of professional painters that I trust). Occasionally, the color you currently have on your walls can be used and no other base coat is required before I begin. The final step will be for me to complete your custom artistic project.
Nancy Kramer | The Artistic Approach