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Testimonials From Grateful Clients

Spa Trompe l'oeil and Faux

  " I am grateful to have found you to help me design my dream, Qui Si Bella wellness spa.  The work you put into it and the passion you have for your job shows! I am constantly complimented on the faux painting, my beautiful rotunda, and sky lights. These all add to the serenity of the environment that is so important to have for my clientele. I would strongly recommend your expertise to anyone. I could not have completed my project without you. Thank you for the great job and I look forward to working with you in the future.
Chrys Huynh

Owner, Qui Si Bella Spa, Santa Barbara, CA

Coral Casino Historic Mural Restoration

  " I had high hopes for outcome of the mural restoration, yet the job you both did far exceeded even my highest expectations. From day one, Emiliano provided a high level of professionalism, artistic ability and great communication. You did exactly what you said you would do consistently throughout the project. There is nothing more for which I could ask! The job was on time, which I know was no easy thing to accomplish. The outcome is absolutely amazing! The mural became the perfect backdrop to the design of the Members Living Room. Your attention to detail, your continuous communication and of course the resulting end product made the entire mural restoration component a bonafide success."

Douglas Smith, FF&E Manager, Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts

Child's Dream Room

" Their creative vision transformed our daughter's very small and ordinary room into an expansive, inspirational and magical kingdom. It is truly exquisite! Everyone who sees the room is touched and inspired... the entire experience was more than we ever expected!"

Yumi and Daniel Bollag, Santa Barbara, CA

Pediatricians Waiting Room

" Not only was the quality of your work exceptional, but also your love for what you do and your sincere concern for the children who would be the beneficiaries of your work was truly admirable. The character and compassion you demonstrated made working with you a pleasure- from the planning phase all the way to completion.The masterpiece you worked so hard on has now graced our walls for three months, and we don’t have to guess what the patients think of it- they tell us daily how much they love it. You have transformed a potentially daunting waiting room into a peaceful and inspiring retreat-like space, and we are so grateful (for) what we experience every time we open the front door and see your mural- a deep, contented pleasure, not just for ourselves, but for our patients as well.

You have been professional, consistent, passionate and exceptional artists and people- and we want to thank you for all you’ve done and who you are. With grateful hearts, "

Iris Castañeda~Van Wyk  M.D./Chris Van Wyk and family
Pediatrician, Santa Barbara, CA

Dream Window for Pediatric Dentist

" From the first concept until it's installation on the wall, I had complete trust in the artists. Mary and Emiliano instinctively knew what was needed for my office. Through few conversations, they managed to identify my artistic inclinations/preferences, took to heart my practice philosophy, and came up with a painting that fit so right with what my staff and I do everyday. Hamster tree has been part of our "arsenal" for treating children as young as 6 months old. We use the painting as a distraction for apprehensive children (instead of using TV or computer games), as a focus point for distracted children or ones with special needs, and as a soothing tool for  stressful times. Many times a day, we would ourselves looking at "the Tree", taking a deep breath, getting lost in the beautiful perspective or just gazing at a furry hamster, and finding peace. This is an important aspect in a pediatric dental practice where stress, noise, and chaos are prevalent. The children in particular love the details and vivid colors in the painting. A 6 year-old girl, while waiting for her abscessed tooth to go numb, went over to "the Tree" to study it, then went back to the chair for the extraction of the tooth (her first ever) all the while talking about critters.

We have "The Tree" for a year now and countless children and their parents have enjoyed it.."

Dr. Annie Pham-Cheng
Santa Barbara Children's Dental Practice

Trompe l'oeil Fireplace and Window

" We had them come over and gave them ideas of what we were after and they quickly took our ideas and created a spectacular window with shutters that look out onto a tropical view of lush palms and mountains.  They also created a faux mantel of bamboo, and it gives the illusion of a real mantel, however it is painted on the wall and I keep thinking that I have to dust the top of it!  Everyone who sees it first thinks that it is a real mantel and painting because it looks three dimensional; until they take a second look and realize that it is painted on the wall!  It has been a wonderful experience working with a professional team who took the time to listen to our ideas and were able to implement this impressive design for us to enjoy for years to come."

S. Mendoza, Carpinteria, CA

Mural for upscale Childrens Store

" What they created was simply beautiful and far exceeded our own vision and expectations.  Visitors to Serafina are literally stunned as they walk in the door and behold a work of art. They are artists who love their work and want their patrons to love it as much as they do.  They are easy to work with and dedicated to understanding what their client wants and then expressing that desire creatively and originally.

Owners Michael Marquart & Susan Pattillo, Serafina, Montecito, California

Women, Infants & Children Program Mural

Comments from WIC staff:
" The waiting room feels a lot calmer, quieter and relaxed"
" It is more kid friendly."
" The mural gives our program more credibility and that we care about our participants and how their waiting room looks."
" Kids are not afraid to come to WIC anymore, they enjoy it now."
" Kids and parents can pass the time by looking for various animals - look, learn and listen to each other."
" ..very attractive, colorful and is a fantasyland."

Meg Beard MPH, CHES, RD, IBCLC, Santa Barbara Co. Public Health Department, Nutrition Services/ WIC


Emiliano Art & Design

Santa Barbara, California
Tel.: (805)284-3419
Email: [email protected]
CSLB# 971880

Not only was the quality of your work exceptional, but also your love for what you do and your sincere concern for the children who would be the beneficiaries of your work was truly admirable. The character and compassion you demonstrated made working with you a pleasure- from the planning phase all the way to completion.The masterpiece you worked so hard on has now graced our walls for three months, and we don’t have to guess what the patients think of it- they tell us daily how much they love it. You have transformed a potentially daunting waiting room into a peaceful and inspiring retreat-like space, and we are so grateful (for) what we experience every time we open the front door and see your mural- a deep, contented pleasure, not just for ourselves, but for our patients as well. You have been professional, consistent, passionate and exceptional artists and people- and we want to thank you for all you’ve done and who you are.
Iris Castaņeda~Van Wyk, M.D. and Chris Van Wyk
Pediatrician, Santa Barbara, CA