Falling in love with your vocation is a rarity in any age; even finding a job you sort of like is hard to do. But I found painting when I was 18 years old and thought to myself, "this is something I really really like".
My uncle laughs at me sometimes for starting a painting business because it was his old garage where I got my first taste of it. It took me all summer to complete a job that really should have only taken a few days. I dragged my feet like any teenager would, I suppose, and as the summer continued on and I hadn't finished I even took a page out of Tom Sawyer's book and convinced my buddies how fun it was to paint to get them to come out and help. I would have never thought that that would be the beginning.
After graduating from high school I really needed a job to help pay for a two year mission I'd been planning on and a friend of mine offered me a job at his dad's company. I was trained by an excellent painter that works here in Bloomington who taught me how to get the work done quickly and do a professional job.
When I started my art degree at IU, I started picking up side jobs during the summers and in between classes. The second art class I took covered the topic of color theory. While other students suffered through the tedious task of cutting the small pieces of colored paper and gluing them to card stock, I was loving the interaction of colors.
One day an early customer of mine, knowing I was in art school, asked me to help them choose a color. They were so in love with the color they vowed to never pick a color again without me. Countless expressions of gratitude and appreciation over the years have cemented the feeling of importance our work holds in my mind. In trying to synthesize what it is that we do to one simple sentence and idea; we help people love their home.
"We help people love their home."
So much of the process of painting is enjoyable, especially for an artist. Having a brush in your hand, applying paint and seeing the results of what you do is the perfect job for folks like me. At some point it clicked that other artists like myself, recently graduated from college and working jobs that have little to do with art, would love to paint houses and could treat it like an art like I do.
My suspicion was correct. I've actively sought out artists and creative people to work for us and they are outstanding members of our team. They bring life to the job and pure craftsmanship. I'm so confident in our team's ability to paint and care about the work they do that we've created a culture of autonomy and accountability. Every painter knows it is their responsibility to care about the work they do. And they love it! They want that responsibility.
In addition to great color we also have built a culture of great customer service. Our mission is to help people love their home. But in getting there a lot of paint companies fail to help the client love their home while the actual painting is happening. Our goal is to make the whole experience exciting and convenient. This means a clean work space and, orderly and efficient painting.
If you think you or someone you know would make a good member of our team we would love to meet them. We are looking for like-minded individuals preparing for our spring and summer painting season. Visit Our Careers page for more info.