& Randy Cotita formally formed Studio Abbellire as a full time venture
in the mid nineties. After majoring in art in college in the late seventies,
they were involved always in the decorative field. They worked in the remodeling
and decorating of homes, with Connie always having art related projects
Connie began working with local decorators and designers and immersed
herself in the industry, using the opportunities to expand her knowledge
& experience. Having worked together in the remodeling/decorating
field for years part time, they opted to go full time and created Studio Abbellire (pronounced
ah-buh-leer-a). Abbellire is an Italian word, which means, “to
adorn or make beautiful."
They took additional classes from teachers across the country and honed
their skills working with discriminating and talented designers and
decorators in areas such as marbling, wood graining, gilding, applied
ornament and custom carpentry projects. . They are particularly fond
of creating faux "pietre dure" pieces and custom furniture.
Randy has been trained in the application of plasters made by Safra
of Italy and Armourcoat of the U.K
In the late nineties they were commissioned to assist in the decoration
of the recent installation in an antebellum style residence, of the
reproduction moldings from the palace of Catherine the Great. The moldings
were part of a museum display that were a traveling venue of many museums
throughout the U.S. The moldings were auctioned off at the end of the
tour and local homeowners purchased them. Connie & Randy repaired,
gilded, helped add accents and preserve the plasterwork. They then proceed
to many other portions of the home installing & gilding new applied
major inspirational turning point for them occurred in 2002 when they
received invitations to the International
Decorative Painters Salon hosted by Vigini Studios in San Antonio.
While attending, they saw the immense talent and camaraderie of some
of the finest of decorative artisans.
2005, Connie and Randy were invited to display their work at the Salon
gathering in Philadelphia hosted by Ross O'Neal, and again in the 2006
Salon hosted in the Netherlands by Jan Berghuis and Cornelius Sheer
of the Nimeto Art School. This was an amazing venue and opportunity
for all artists attending. Many Salon artists, including Connie and
Randy had their work selected for display in the M.C. Escher Museum
in The Hague for 3 months.
October 2007 the two were selected to particpate in the "Meeting
of the Masters," hosted by Faux Effects International in Dallas,
works have been displayed in Delta Style magazine, The American Painting
Contractor, Artistic Stenciler, SB Magazine and the local News Star.
October 2008 their work was displayed in "Designer Faux Finishing"
a book by Victor DeMasi.
The two finished and submitted works which were featured in "Simply
Creative Faux Finishes with Gary Lord: 30 Cutting Edge Techniques for
Walls, Floors and Ceilings" by Gary Lord. In 2004, Connie reworked
33 pieces of donated furniture by adding decorative finishes. The pieces
were auctioned off for a charity called "Night of the Child,"
which helps fight child abuse. Connie has been a member and certified
stencilist through the Stencil Artisans League, Inc. (SALI) since 1998.
& Randy recently relocated to Nova Scotia, Canada and are re-building
their business there.