The majority of the following people are educated fine artists with years of construction experience. Because of this, we have the following:
- Extreme attention to detail
- Respect for your home
- Clean and personable people in your house
- Unique professionalism
Depending on the size of the job we do in your home, you may see one or several of the following members of our team. Barry manages every job and will be your main point of contact.
Barry grew up in the nearby suburbs and graduated with a BA, Psychology in 1995 from the University of Delaware. He moved to Philadelphia in 1997 and worked in a vocational rehabilitation program for adults with developmental disabilities. After budget cuts to social programs in 2001, Barry enrolled in the M.Ed. Organizational Development program at Temple University. He graduated in 2004 and quickly learned that office and consulting work was not for him. In 2007, Barry quit his job to work on his own house built in 1907 and to take care of his children.
In 2008 he had a 2yr old daughter, a newborn daughter, a M.Ed. in Organizational Development, no job, and terrible history of keeping jobs. He had a choice to make. He could stay home with his 2 young girls or create a career that would stick. Today, he delicately balances the home improvement business and family life while taking care of both. Outside of work and family he is a biker, cook, gardener, and photographer. You can see his photos on Instagram, and, if you are lucky, taste his salsa with home grown ingredients.
Zach is originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts with honors from the University of Colorado Denver in May 2013 and a Masters of Fine Art from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in May of 2015. During his graduate studies he spent time teaching children about the PAFA museum collection, helped to run and curate exhibitions with a small student run gallery, and taught in many classroom settings. He also facilitated the beginning of Automat, a contemporary art gallery/collective space in Philadelphia. Zach has shown his work in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Colorado, Buenos Aries, and Istanbul.
Zach has been working in the construction industry since he was 14. He paints, hangs drywall, does light carpentry, and works on many other various jobs . He has extensive knowledge surrounding many physical applications of materials, as well as theoretical knowledge surrounding topics of art, philosophy, and sociology. Zach has been working with Barry since May 2015.
Tyler Wilkinson was born in 1990 in Lexington, KY. He received his BA in 2012 from Centre College and his MFA in 2015 from the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University. He has lectured at Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and has served as Guest Visiting Professor at Centre College. His work has been featured in New American Paintings and Artvoices Magazine. Wilkinson was honored with the John R. Maxwell prize (for oil painting) from the Woodmere Art Museum in 2016. Tyler has been working with Barry since early 2016.
Sergei grew up in Reading, PA and moved to Philadelphia when he was 16. He was heavily involved in the burgeoning skateboarding scene in the city and eventually became a professional skater. He spent the late 1990s and early 2000s traveling the world in this capacity representing boards, clothing, and skate shoes. After settling back in Philadelphia, he worked for La Colombe as an Italian espresso machine technician for 12 years. He is now a family man, fine artist, photographer, vegetarian, and house painter. Sergei is energetic, passionate, and professional about whatever he does. He has been part of this team since April 2017.
David was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. He moved to Brooklyn in the early 1990s where he attended an art & design high school. Then he relocated to study Industrial Design at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. After graduating in 2002, he worked in the theatrical props industry for over 14 years as a Designer, Fabricator, and Painter. Still a designer by heart, he has a shirt company called Pare B Clothing. He is also a large part of his wife’s cake company, Afirah’s Homemade. He is passionate about whatever he sets his mind to and sees the work through to the end.
David is a driven workaholic, family man, father of 3, and artist. He has been a member and asset of this team since May of 2017.
Philadelphia artist, Emily Erb was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Emily earned her BFA at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 2005 and her MFA at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art in 2012. In 2006 she traveled to Madagascar where she discovered her love for ancient Indian silk painting techniques. This adventure also sparked a continuing fascination with global history and, in turn, the role of American art on the international stage. Most recently, her work has been displayed at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the State of the Art show at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street in New York. Future shows include a solo show at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond, scheduled for summer 2016.
Emily worked with Barry from 2009-2017. She has quit several times to become an independent artist. I hope she finds success this time.