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About Ficarra Murals and Artist Lisa Ficarra Chalker
Ficarra Murals began in 1995 when artist Lisa Ficarra started taking requests from customers of the children's store she managed in Detroit. The store specialized in custom bedding and furniture for children's rooms, so it was natural that Ficarra would advise the clients on colors and ideas for further decorating of the rooms. Her affable manner and friendly Midwest smile won many over including interior designers who asked for her help with custom painting various Detroit Designers Showhouses, including those of the Junior League of Detroit, the Suite Dreams Project and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. By 2001 she had enough clients for Ficarra Murals to be her fulltime job, including Da Edoardo Foxtown Grille in the famous Fox Theatre building in downtown Detroit.

When Ficarra moved to Chicago in 2002, a children's music studio, Musical Magic, found out about her and had her create murals for the space, which in turn brought Chicago's ABC-TV's affiliate out to interview her for the show 190 North, which dubbed Ficarra the "Mural Master." In 2003, Better Homes and Gardens magazine featured her work in their Kids Rooms special edition. Pediatric offices, Bellini children's stores, and many residences soon followed.

Now in Dallas (thanks to marrying a Dallasite), Ficarra painted murals as a volunteer project for Vogel Alcove, the childcare center for homeless children in downtown Dallas. The murals were featured on The 33 KDAF-TV in April 2011. She also has created murals and done decorative painting in residences in Southlake, North Dallas, Flower Mound and Preston Hollow.

Ficarra sees her best assets as the ability to create art in a variety of styles as well as her understanding of color. Artistic since childhood, Ficarra has worked in a variety of media: watercolor, hand-painted furniture, glass, t-shirt design, oils, and ceramics, but decorative painting is her greatest passion. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from the University of Michigan.

"I love to see the aesthetics of a room change through the placement of artwork in relation to the architectural parameters of the room. Every client and every room is different, so every new job is a challenge. That's what makes it exciting. It's gratifying to see the excitement on the clients' faces when they see the transformation."

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