DaVinci Works is the art and effects company established by artist and imagineer, Tim Davis. It is your one-stop-shop for all your art, design, theming and special effect needs, catering to residential, commercial, and film projects.
Our typical clients include anyone who wants to explore their ideas for a space with a company that can make it a reality. This often includes home owners, interior designers, owners of restaurants, museums, hotels, themed attractions, music venues, and producers of film and tv.
Quite simply, we can be one man or a whole team. if you only need a light fixture refinished, We can come by your home and do it in less than a day to your strictest standards. We also work with the United Artisans Guild (UA). The UA is a network of masters, craftsmen and laborers, each of which can draw upon specific talent for specific needs. In addition, we have a specialized workshop to build creations in-house, and then transport them to you.
A lot of people think of Street Art or the Sistine Chapel when the word “mural” is mentioned. Likewise, the words “faux finishing” can bring to mind images of sponge painting, glazing or crackle finishes. While each of these have their place, decorative art and finishing is as diverse as any architectural style imaginable. From contemporary, to shabby chic, to about a thousand unique periods in history, there are many more decorative painting options that defy the stereotype. New products are coming out all the time, so we like to use these technologies to our advantage in shifting design trends.
As in any entertainment capitol such as Nashville, there are a handful of prop and effects companies out there. Our philosophy is just this: “It has to look real.” We prefer our creations to be well researched, built to last, with attention to detail that is second to none, and if you can mistake it for the real thing, then we have done our job.
The cost of a mural is dependent on three factors:
1. The area (a square foot price is multiplied by the number of square feet.)
2. The amount of detail (which roughly corresponds to the size of brush that is used.)
3. The complexity (...are we painting a balloon or a cathedral?)
Though the theoretical range is much wider, prices are typically between $15 and $50 per square foot depending on these factors. In addition, there are many adjustments that can be made that affect the price in order to fit into a budget.
Murals typically range anywhere from 1 to 10 days to complete. (There was one that took 14 days, but it was 55 feet long and 14 feet high.)
You may not want to have to guess, and neither would we. That is why we can put together a computer generated rendering of the final outcome for no extra charge. It puts us literally on the same page when it comes to layout, colors and the impact of the design. It also helps you to know what you are getting and it helps us to have something to work off of. Here is an example of a rendering versus the completed project:
No. We can provide you with all sorts of ideas for art and design, catered to your needs. Consultations are free and if you just want to say “what do you think?,” that's fine.
It is original artwork. We find that the artist's touch gives a piece much more life and vitality, not to mention color range and tactile interest than a digital print. Digital prints can have problems with sheen, color shift, longevity, and can be lackluster or pixelated.
In most cases directly on the wall. In some instances, like when it will make a more effective texture, provide for more detail on a ceiling, or the client would like it to be removable, painting on canvas, muslin or masonite panels can be considered.
We use some of the best available products including product lines such as Faux Effects®, Modern Masters® and some proprietary formulas. Tim also uses Golden® heavy body acrylics which are the standard for exterior murals, have an “excellent” adhesion rating and are fade resistant up to 100+ years.
As you might expect, it depends on the finish. The price is defined by the product cost and the difficulty of the finish and can range anywhere between $2 and $25 per square foot.
Often shorter than expected. Because we use a team for most finishes, the process is more efficient and is done right in a shorter amount of time. The time is subject to the amount of space, the type of finish(es) and any changes that are made.
Yes, in pretty much every case. We specialize in hiding plug and switch plates, vents, fixtures, worn areas and anything else that sticks out like a sore thumb. We can match any surface. (We've even matched mother-of-pearl and glass.)
Yes. Certain finishes are harder than others to touch up, especially where metallics and glazes are used, but we are among the very few companies qualified to do this kind of work and we do it exceptionally well.
Yes. Any art piece painted by an artist who is deceased more than 70 years is public domain and is not subject to copyright. Any newer art can be modified to avoid copyright enfringement. Tim can also paint in the “style” of your favorite artist.
Yes. You can order high quality prints here:
Oil on canvas and acrylic on panels are standard but we can mix and match many different types of media.
Yes, Tim has painted many portraits, likenesses and figures based on real people.
Adequate research, an artistic eye when designing them, plus many years of faux finishing expertise adds up to creating some very lifelike props.
Yes. We can integrate standard current and low voltage components, computer, mechanical, pneumatic and media technologies to put together some pretty cool stuff!
Yes. Tim has degrees in music and recording and has done engineering and producing in some of the best facilities in Nashville. DaVinci Works has an extensive sound effects library and partners with world-class voice talent.
Yes, in fact Tim has done projects in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Miami, Boston, Toronto and a lot of places in between. He loves to travel and doesn't charge any more than cost for basic travel expenses.
Disney trademarked the word “Imagineering,” (i.e Walt Disney Imagineering) in 1990, but the word “Imagineer” is not a trademark of Disney and has been used since the 1940's in reference to several companies and used in various contexts including a university degree program. As a combination of the words “imagination” and “engineer,” our favorite, most basic definition is: "A person who implements creative ideas in practical form."
Tim Davis was born and grew up in the Los Angeles area. In his youth, he was brought up in an environment that fostered appreciation for art history and culture, artistic and musical disciplines, and is one of seven siblings who all became artists.
After apprenticing for a year under a master muralist who catered to the rich and famous, Tim started his own business in 1995 called “Tim Davis Murals.” In the years to follow, he has painted well over 350 murals in numerous cities.
Tims portfolio shows that he can imitate the style at hand, and is adaptable to the needs of the client. Though Tim's work can mostly be found in custom homes and businesses, he has also worked for Fortune 500 CEOs and celebrites. He painted a 55-foot-long civic mural in Salt Lake City and designed a mural for a major Hindu temple in northern India (Prem Mandir). His Legends Corner Mural in Nashville is at the entrance of Lower Broadway next to the Ryman Auditorium, and is one of the most photographed walls in the city.
Tim has had his oil paintings represented in fine art galleries too. As an accomplished songwriter and having a degree in music, Tim approaches his gallery work like composing a musical score. He likes to substrate the work with deep and moody colors and then splash them with vivid light to create depth of contrast. In each piece there is a representation of light overcoming darkness. An oil painting that was commissioned by one of his collectors, entitled “A General Before His King” has sold prints worldwide.
Tim is equally at home creating wall finishes, decorative flourishes and imitating natural surfaces with a brush. He also loves sculpting and creating props and special effects.
Stephen R. Covey – Best Selling Author
John Paul DeJoria – Owner of Paul Mitchel Hair Products
and Patron Spirits Co.
Robb & Stucky Interior Design
CEO of Nike
CEO of Tyco International, Ltd.
Chairman of Mona Electric Group
Founder of Johnsonville Foods
Founding Board Member of NuSkin Enterprises
CEO of Quadravest Capital Management Inc.
The Marriott Family
CEO of Tradesmen International
Prem Mandir – Hindu temple in Vrindivan, India
The Palm Restaurant,
Johnny Cash Kitchen & Saloon
House of Cards (Restaurant)
Skull's Rainbow Room
Nudie's Honky Tonk
The Johnny Cash Museum
The Patsy Cline Museum
Murray City Corporation (Salt Lake City) Utah
Immersive Mixing (Recording Studio)
Alan Jackson – Singer
The Walgreen Family
BYU Theater & Media Arts
TNT Television Network