The Color Alchemist Company was founded by John Learnard in the ongoing tradition of the ancient painting guilds of Europe. A native of Washington D.C, John Learnard began his career apprenticed to master painters John Reed and Bill Condrey. For the first two years he was not allowed to touch a paintbrush, spending all of his time in sanding and prep! As he advanced in skills, he determined to learn everything that the trade could teach, to his capacity. He made multiple trips to England and was instructed by the late Bill Holgate, considered the world’s grand master in the application of faux finishes. John also studied with other European teachers, Mike McNeil, Robert Woodland, Gilbert Downing and Don Grey, to name a few.
With expert training, Color Alchemist Company are decorative faux finishers, wood grainers and marbling specialists, performing unique wall, floor and furniture finishes for your home or business. We do business in the Washington, DC, Virginia & Maryland areas. Share your vision with us and we will make it come alive.