Tobi is owner and lead artist at Periwinkle Skies, LLC which was established in 2006. She has worked as an independent decorative finisher and muralist since 1992.
Experience and expertise allows her to offer unique, customized solutions for each project formulated with sensitivity to the needs of the client and the environment. The use of natural and non-toxic materials is particularly important to Tobi. Her desire to use authentic mediums was prompted by industry-wide concerns regarding a variety of health problems caused by exposure to commercially made petro-chemical paints and solvents. This has been her inspiration for working with sustainable plasters, waxes, paints and colorants.
Materials: The journey that has led Tobi to clay, soy, casein, beeswax and lime based products has been extremely rewarding. Although these mediums are not intermixable, they can be layered--revealing paths to a new realm of creativity. Dry time is quicker, clean-up is easier, and no more headaches (literally)! The resulting product is healthier for the client, the artist and the environment.
Education and Experience: Tobi graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) with a Bachelor of Fine Art degree. For many years she worked as an art director and graphic designer previous to decorative painting. This training has enhanced Tobi’s ability to work within a given space.
Since 1992, she has worked with designers and clients to create a peaceful ambiance in residential and commercial settings. With understanding and sensitivity to the needs of the client and the planet, Tobi is always researching the newest sustainable resources and constantly adding to her repertoire of modern and ancient techniques.
Tobi volunteers with World Peace & Reconciliation.
In the News:
SOTA showhouse April/May 2016
Design NJ: October/November 2014
Morristown Mansion in May at Blairsden, 2014
ASP1RE August, September 2012
Morristown Mansion in May at Glynnallyn, 2012. This room, for which Tobi designed and executed the ceilings, was voted best in the house and won the Tulip Award.
New Jersey INSPIRE: Premiere Issue Spring 2011
Morristown Mansion in May at Fawn Hills Farm, 2010
Modello by Design book, 2008 edition.
Art Review for painting on canvas in Princeton, 2007
Design NJ: Premiere Issue Fall, 2001
Morristown Mansion in May at Ellerslea, 2001
Star Ledger, April 26, 2001, decorating supplement
"Magic…That’s all I can say, Tobi is Magic... everything she has done for us has been unbelievable, her creativity and artistic abilities are endless. She is a pleasure to work with and a joy to be around... We love her and now she is part of our family... When it comes to paint SHE IS AMAZING......."--Trish & Ron Iervolino, Califon, NJ
"Tobi refinished a number of pieces in our kitchen and all of our kitchen cabinetry. The work was beautifully and professionally done. Tobi willingly worked around our family as we came and went through out the days and we never felt uncomfortable. She was a gem! We look forward to another opportunity to have Tobi return." --Lesley Greenstein, Summit, NJ
"Can't thank you enough for making our place lovely. Thank you!"--Amit Doshi, Sands Point, NY
"I discovered Tobi's work while thumbing through a Bridal magazine. There was a picture of a mural that she had painted on a banquet facility’s ceiling and we were looking for someone that painted murals. Naturally, I received a glowing recommendation, and thus began our relationship with Tobi.
Not only is Tobi talented, but she is patient, creative and eager to please. She changed things a few times until it was what we wanted (our vision came true). Tobi is very professional, dedicated and worked in unison along with our hectic banquet schedule. I have heard nothing but compliments from all of the Members and our guests. Tobi's designs really made the Club come together."
--Diane Chapin, Clubhouse Manager, Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club
"Dear Tobi, I just wanted to thank you so much for all the beautiful work you did for us in our home. Every time someone comes in they comment on how lovely your painting is. It really just finished the house off and made everything picture perfect We can’t thank you enough and can't wait to work with you again."--Camber Ransom-Quigley, Towaco, NJ
"We pondered the perfect effect for our entry area for a very long time--not only for color and texture, but also something visual for a challenging space. Tobi was ingenious in presenting the perfect finish and artistic detail that combined all of these elements, enhancing the personal style of our home. An impeccable and true artisan!!! "--Francine and Tom Hyland, Westfield, NJ
"Tobi is incredibly talented. She has done a range of projects for us; from refinishing our kitchen cabinets to a sports mural in our son's room. We are extremely happy with all of the work she has done. It is a pleasure to work with her."--Rachel and Rob Fink, North Caldwell, NJ
"Tobi's work is of highest quality and she strives to ensure I am happy and comfortable living in each room. Thank you Tobi for being a pleasure to work with and inspiring me to create a home which is so special to us!"--Cindy Dinella, Berkeley Heights, NJ
"Tobi did a wonderful job and I enjoyed having her in my house. She was dependable, always pleasant and very conscious about cleaning up at the end of the day. Tobi is an amazing artist and person."--Donna Batic, Montville, NJ
"Just wanted to let you know that I ADORE the wall unit! Thanks for spending so much time and energy getting the color and the flowers just right--it's gorgeous!"--Stephanie Saible, Fort Lee
"We all absolutely LOVE everything you did...it's beautiful!"--Olympia O'Shea, Montvale, NJ
"Just wanted to tell you I still love the way my kitchen cabinets turned out. It'll be three years soon and the milk paint has held up wonderfully. "--Laura Paccagnini, Fairfiled, NJ