Saturday, November 8, 2008

Hi! Welcome to Have Brush Will Travel's Blog!

We are a mother and daughter painting team. We love the ‘old world’ style of painting, with rich colors and antiquing. We have been painting furniture and home décor for over 14 years. When we are not painting furniture, we are shopping for more furniture and painting murals.

We like the look of vintage furniture, which are old, but not antique. All are finished with at least 6-10 coats of a polyurethane finish.

Dottie Martz has been painting for over 60 years. She won a scholarship to Memphis Academy of Fine Arts and also two years at Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, where she got her Art Degree. Dottie met her future husband at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

They married and had a son, Chuck and a daughter, Carol. While raising a family, Dottie found ways to bring art into their home. While living in California, she painted vines and flowers coming out of doorway woodwork.

After her family was grown, Dottie joined the Society of Decorative Painters, an international painting society. She has taught classes at several National Conventions and several mini-conventions all across the country.

Dottie has been on the cover of Paintworks Magazine and twice on the cover of Decorative Artist Magazine. She has had 15 articles published in Paintworks, Decorative Artist Workbook, ToleWorld and the Decorative Painter. She also has a line of 25 painting pattern packets.

Dottie’s first love is painting in oils. She paints portraits, still life fruits and flowers. Magnolias will always hold a special place in her heart. Dottie paints every day whether it is a wall mural, custom furniture, portraits or getting ready for a show.

Carol Martz Buck has been painting for 18 years. She was encouraged by both parents to always draw or paint while she was growing up. The family has said that art runs rampant through all of the family members. Carol has a natural talent and has fine tuned it with classes and seminars over the years along with working with her mom.

She started helping her mom paint murals as part-time, which quickly became full-time. Carol has always loved all animals, but especially horses. They remain her favorite subject to paint. She paints custom horse and pet portraits. Fox Hunting and ladies riding sidesaddle are some of the subjects she puts on furniture and home décor. Her painted items are highly sought after and have been shipped to many national and international locations.

Carol is also a member of the Society of Decorative Painters, Equine Art Guild (EAG) and WHOA- Horse Artists on Ebay. Carol is also the Vice President of her fox hunt club, James River Hunt.

The mother-daughter painting team is well known in Tidewater, Virginia. Over the years, they have painted in over 500 homes in the Tidewater area and all over the country. They have participated in local craft shows for the past 14 years. Have Brush Will Travel has been a vendor at the prestigious 3-Day Event Rolex, at the Lexington Horse Park, Lexington, KY for 2 years. This is the only 4 star horse show in the United States. They have also been at the Virginia Equine Extravaganza, Richmond Fairgrounds, Richmond, VA . Have Brush Will Travel has also been featured on a local television home show and a national PBS-Paint Paint Paint show.

Dottie & Carol love to take old forgotten pieces of furniture and ‘do their magic’ on them! Both love to paint custom commissions and can paint anything! Both Dottie and Carol love what they are doing and it shows in their paintings.

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