I am a professional muralist and decorative painter. I am recognized for my mural techniques, faux finishes, and trompe l’oiel. I bring a sense of scale and proportion to each project, as well as a keen eye for color. My work is designed with you, to fit the needs of your individual space, interests, and budget. The possibilities are endless.
I grew up in Bedminster , NJ with my five siblings, attended Bernards High School and graduated from Rutgers College with a BA in Art History and Fine Art in 1993. I moved to Ithaca in 1994 with my husband and found my home. I started my decorative art business, Ihnken’s Creations, and joined the Ithaca Farmer’s Market in 1995. I primarily painted furniture and slowly moved to walls, painting faux finishes, Trompe l’oil, and of course murals. I’ve been a member of the Greater Ithaca Art Trail from the start, over 15 years.
The majority of my work during this period has been in private homes, but I have also had the opportunity to paint several large scale public murals in downtown Ithaca.
I believe that public murals help to create community, by radiating out stories and energy that touch everyone who passes by them. I strive to create this immediate visual and emotional impact with every mural I create. My overreaching artistic goals are to create both small canvases as well as large murals for the public to enjoy.
Studio Location Details:
My house, a converted barn is up the hill from the road. Look for the horses, the barn and the Art Trail signs!