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Rhonda Canales

Core Class Instructor

Rhonda Canales has been an inspirational instructor of faux painting techniques with Kelly S. King for over 4 years now.  She currently teaches both our 2-day Quick Start and 5-day Mastering Wall Finishes I faux painting classes at our Seattle facility.

Ms. Canales began her decorative painting journey in 1987 by studying and later perfecting the fine art of stenciling.  Rhonda soon desired to search out a more challenging avenue to express herself, which led her to faux painting and decorative finishing.  After ten years of self-study and exploration of numerous faux painting techniques, Canales took her training to the next degree, by seeking out professional training, while starting her own faux painting business, Design Illusions, Inc.

Rhonda's great passion for decorative painting soon took on a whole new level of awareness once she attended faux painting classes taught by Kelly S. King.  "My journey began as a self-taught faux finishing hobbyist with a passion for art, a passion that quickly turned into an obsession," Canales has proclaimed.  "It is hard to walk into any room and not see it in my mind's eye with a gorgeous faux finish."

Canales is now one of the most sought-after faux finishing experts in the Seattle area, and continues to successfully run her own faux finish and decorative painting company, while continuing to teach faux painting classes with The Kelly S. King Academy of Faux Painting & Decorative Finishing, Inc. as a lead instructor.

Some of Rhonda's many accomplishments in faux painting and decorative finishing are: "Best of Show 2002" Pierce County Street of Dreams for The Ashcroft; Fauxcademy of Decorative Finishing 2002 Award winner for Residential Stencil Project, and a Gold Certificate for Best Residential Faux Finish.  Canales' work has graced the cover of the Seattle Times, was featured in the Pacific Northwest Magazine, and has been mentioned in other various art-related periodicals.

Rhonda currently lives in Tacoma, Washington with her husband, Ben of 18 years, and together they have two wonderful children, a daughter and son.

Ms. Canales graduated in 1987 with a BA in Psychology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where she received her Teaching Certificate.  Being a grade school teacher for 13 years and holding a Master's Degree in Education and Technology have certainly given Rhonda the skills necessary to motivate students at The Kelly S. King Academy of Faux Painting & Decorative Finishing, Inc., while providing the guidance needed to help them excel in the world of faux finishing and decorative painting.


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