For the past 35 years, Rhonda has combined her love of antiques and art-developing her skills in the decorative arts to create exquisite treasures destined to become collectibles and precious heirlooms.
She is a skilled artisan who researches, records, preserves and reproduces authentic historical patterns, using 18th and 19th century decorative techniques on furniture, trays, boxes, window cornices, clock tablets and mirror panels. Her techniques include bronze powder stenciling, freehand bronze, gold leaf, reverse glass painting, eglomise and faux wood graining. She has studied with master craftsmen as well as conducted independent study and research at museums such as Winterthur, The Farmer’s Museum, Historic New England and Old Sturbridge Village. Her work has been displayed at Strawbery Banke Museum, Restoration and Renovation in Boston, Old Sturbridge Village and Mahaffie House Museum. Early American Life Magazine has selected her as “one of America’s best artisans with knowledge of her craft’s history and appreciation of its heritage”.
In her studio and on her website you will see historically accurate reproductions of 18th and 19th century designs. She especially enjoys working with interior designers and clients to create custom designs, unique one of a kind pieces and precious heirlooms such as trunks for graduations, engagements and other special occasions.