Kathy van Gogh
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Kathy van Gogh (shown above with our Professor of Paintology and husband to Bobbie Robinson, John Robinson) has been a decorative artist since 2001. Her formal training began in the USA and in Canada. To further hone her skills, she travelled to Italy and France to learn from the authentic Masters of these art forms including ornamentation, marbles, wood grains, gold leafing and just about every other branch of what is generally referred to as decorative art. Initially, she opened her design company called FAKE IT, so called because her work includes making walls look 2000 years old, or transforming drywall into beautiful marbles, exotic woods and jaw-dropping finishes. Kathy has completed hundreds of projects in some of Vancouver’s most prestigious homes and businesses including Shangri-La, Shaw Tower, Shaughnessy, West and North Vancouver, Whiterock and Tsawwassen. She has been featured in many publications including Home Makeover Magazine, Designer Baths, The Sun, The North Shore News, The Province, The Richmond News and many others.
Eventually, after rendering thousands of square feet of gorgeous walls, ceilings and floors, Kathy opened the only teaching studio for this ancient art form in all of Western Canada, Studio van Gogh. Now, as a recognized leader and innovator in the industry, Kathy is invited to travel all over the world teaching her methods and artistry to others.
The next natural evolution of her business and art acumen lead her to create a line of products designed specifically to refinish old, abused furniture and turn it into a works of art in the French Provence or Shabby Chic style. Her line of van Gogh Fossil Paint Collection includes Fossil Paint, Beeswax, a tough-as-nails Table Top Finish and her bling products called van Gogh Furniture Makeup. These products are all designed to live and play happily together so the DIY’er and the professional can create their own artistic pieces with confidence and ease.
Today, Kathy has shifted her teaching to focus on Training the Trainer. She supports women who want to open their own businesses conducting workshops, refinishing furniture and retailing her line of products.