Signs & Logos


James began his artistic career painting signs. This led to painting murals, doing scenic painting and so on. These signs have been painted for various businesses, organizations and movies.

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James created this logo and painted signs on the windows for Dewey's Coffee Gathering House in Shaker Square. He also painted a soft faux finish inside on the walls.

The window signs include gold leaf for "Dewey's."

James painted this sign and the one below in the Invent Now! office headquarters in Canton, Ohio.

The Invent Now! office headquarters look like a mini town square.

James created this logo for Pickwick & Frolic by hand, designing the letter styles himself. Then he worked with a computer designer to ensure the digital version was accurate.
James hand-painted these signs for the Cleveland MetroParks Zoo -- Australian Outback Exhibit. First he painted them with glossy sign paint, then 'aged' them in a few steps.
James uses a specialized technique to make the aging and "rust" look incredibly real.
James painted many more signs for the zoo exhibit; these shown here are just a few.

James painted this sign for interior designer Liz Martin's Portfolio -- A Passion for Design office.

James painted these signs to look like Victorian-era signs.

After painting them, James then aged them.

And one more.
James painted this sign for the movie Raising Cain.

James painted these signs for the Claypipers Melodrama Theater Group in the California Gold Rush area.

The signs were advertisements inside the theater, painted to suit the late 1800's timeperiod of the theater shows.

This sign is a replica of an old Guinness advertisement, painted for Sullivan's Irish Pub in Lakewood. James also aged this one.

Also for Sullivan's ... James painted these logos on old wooden boxes the owner had, then aged them.

Also for Sullivan's ... An old marching drum painted with Sullivan's logo.

James created the Celtic weave on the left, as well as the font for "Live Music."


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