He owns Rock Well Drywall, Paint and Finishes. Several years ago, he was doing a repair in a home when he had the idea of carving a design into the excess drywall mud. "I started playing around, and one thing led to another," he said. "It was kind of an evolution."
He's always been interested in carving. At his previous profession - he is also a graphic designer, and, with his mother as co-partner, owned Westline Graphics - he designed and carved signs for area businesses. It was a natural step that when he moved to drywalling, and then to drywall art, he'd take up carving, too.
A true artist, not just a fancy drywaller, Todd ﬁrst sketches the design or scene on paper, then on the wall. All his carving is done by hand. He applies a thick layer of drywall mud and then carves it back, creating a textured, 3D effect.
He's done lots of wildlife and nature scenes. At Alpine Fencing, he carved a mountain scene with an elk. One home has a wall done in brush and animal tracks for a camouﬂaged look. He's carved a bull on a living room wall and lots of leaf and vine work. He is currently working on carving a herd of stampeding horses into a wall in another home.
Todd has also carved lots of business logos into the walls of Delta County businesses. Alpine Fencing, Brookstone Promotional and Gold Leaf Distillery all have his work on their walls. For Hellman Chevrolet, he carved the Chevy bowtie logo into the business's service area.
He's also a genius at creating wooden beams and posts, rocks and brick using drywall. He's done several wooden beams and posts in both businesses and homes, and people never believe what they're feeling and seeing is drywall mud. The posts have knots and a grainy texture, just like a real wooden post.
In addition to Todd's drywall art, clients can take advantage of his mother's artistic ability as well. Kathy Wellman paints murals alongside her son. They teamed up to do both drywall carving and several murals at Gold Leaf Distillery, and also teamed up at Brookstone Promotional.
Most projects take him no more than a week to do, and all his work has been done thanks to happy clients and word-of-mouth. He is the only drywall artist in the area. He's gotten busier and busier for requests of his creative touch. He plans on moving more towards the creative end of drywalling.
Todd is in the process of launching a website that will have more photos of his work. Visit www.rockwellﬁnishes.com, or give him a call at 970-424-2442 to see what he can do for you. If you can visualize it, chancesare, he can carve it into your walls. blog comments powered by Disqus