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Debbie Dion Hayes   |  

Believe it or not, I earned a BA in Fine Arts, concentrating on painting (really) and I have spent 95% of my entire career as a full-time artist – though my focus changes over time. I am a book illustrator, graphic artist, art director, photographer, stylist, website designer, writer, faux finisher for 20 years, and DIY tutorial blogger. And my Momma said I could never make a living as an artist!

I am now focusing on developing projects for furniture, focus walls, and decorative items. I continue to design websites and take on special projects for paint brands. So, this updated website is now called Debbie Dion Hayes Creative.

You can buy my art and even schedule a private lesson at my home to learn in person.


Many decorative painters know me from events like the annual ArtFusion Event, and IDAL Decorative Artisans League where I have been an instructor, teaching various faux finishing techniques using the products and stencils I love most.

I have written and photographed creative blog posts for paint and product brands like Royal Design Studio’s, Artisan Enhancements, Wood Icing™, Modern Masters, Fusion Mineral Paint, General Finishes, Golden Paintworks, and Wagner Spraytech.

During the past couple of years my studio and my home have been featured in several of my my favorite magazines that I use for inspiration often, including those by Matthew Mead, Matthew Mead for Wagner, Fifi O’neill, and Jo Packham.

During my 20 years as a full-time finisher, and owner of the former Faux Design Studio in Greensboro, North Carolina, several of my professional projects were featured in magazines by Melanie Royals of Royal Design Studio and Modello Designs, Gary Lord of Prismatic Painting, and Maryam Montague of Peacock Pavilions in Marrakech,  Morocco.

A front door project, for Modern Masters Front Door Paint, even found itself in the Los Angeles Times. By total coincidence on a weekend when I was in LA. Small world!



In 2014 I published the Color Inspiration Notebook for Creating Gorgeous Painted Furniture for the USA and Canada. In 2018 I published Paint, Stencil & Style Your Home, featuring lots of paint projects and styling tips from several of my oh-so-talented designers, stylists, and painters. SOLD OUT!

I invite you to join me as I explore the world of paint and home decor, as well as my travels!