With the Restaurant Impossible

Chef Robert Irvine

Tom Bury

Sotir Davidhi

I joined twice the Restaurant Impossible show on Food Network to help turning around two failing restaurants.

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Open for Commissions and Collaborations with anyone that promotes love and respect for our diverse communities.
Previous Collaborations with artists and interior design companies: 
 
  • HGTV star - Tylor Devereaux                                  
  • HGTV & Food Network  star - Taniya Nayak          
  • Bridget Bohacz + associates, inc.                            
  • Filippo Tagliati and Paho Man                                  
Biography:
Sotir Davidhi is an Albanian muralist living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His great passion for art started the moment he saw a mesmerizing world in his ABC book of first grade, which led him get a high school art and theatrical set degree in his country, and years later, he got an art degree from Aquinas College in his current town. His artistic style has been influenced by impressionism, tromp l’ceil, and theatrical set design and he combines those styles to create beautiful commissioned site specific murals in Michigan and around it. His murals have transformed the facades of township office, restaurants, coffee shops, antique stores, and interior spaces of restaurants, meeting rooms, playgrounds, playrooms, business offices, hallways, nurseries and basements. His work is everywhere, it’s very transformative and brings light, color, and joy to every single space.
Site Specific Mural Locations:
Each mural can be enjoyed in person around Michigan, such as Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Caledonia, Lowell, Ludington, Kalamazoo, Holland, Spring Lake, West Olive, Muskegon, Jackson, Lansing, Farmington Hills, Westland,  Ann Arbor, Detroit and outside Michigan; Columbus, OH; Indianapolis, IN; and Athens, Greece. ​
 
Artist Statement:
 
Theme Inspirations come from the community, customers needs, space available, and space surroundings. My clients are always encouraged to express their ideas, and together we create site-specific murals, 2D, or 3D beautiful images for their commercial, and/or residential spaces.
 
Trustworthiness is unquestionable because I have worked very hard to reach this point, by creating happy places for those who trusted me,  and certainly cannot afford to lose my reputation
 
Collaboration Interest:
I’m really interested in hearing about your project, and I encourage you and your team to express your ideas; together we can create the best design for your needs, for the space available, and within your budget limits. You can be assured it will be done beautifully.
The best reason to collaborate with me is because I absolutely enjoy the whole process from start to finish of a mural and I have all the needed expertise to make it happen professionally.
 
Photoshop  A couple designs are submitted for feedback, and adjustments are made a few times until it’s appealing and ready to start. The design serves as a starting point for what comes next, a really unique and beautiful mural, designed for a specific space, and purpose.
 
Resources are pictures of the available wall, its surroundings, and many other images for reference.
 
Artistic Style is a combination of impressionism, three dimensional (3D) trompe l’oeil style, and theatric set design. The viewer can see lots of texture created by a diverse sizes of brushstrokes, layers upon layers of color when viewed closed by, and an almost photographic 3D illusion  when viewed from further away. 
 
Surface Options are either permanently on the wall made of brick, drywall, corrugated metal, fiber glass, cement block, fence, or on a removable material, canvas, wood panels, or metal.
 
Mural Executions  are done all freehand with different sized brushes and four inch nap rollers, while taking safety measures when using a Boom Lifter, a Scissors Lifter, or a Ladder. The site-specific designs  serve as a starting point, or as a sketch, for a developing mural project. If the customers are happy with the design, they certainly will be thrilled with the final result.
 
Special Technique makes inward, or outward corners disappear, and the horizon does not bend while it continues on adjacent walls. It's not easy to explain in words, and easier to understand when you see it in person, but basically, a real three dimensional space is treated as it’s flat, and then create a 3D illusion over it.
 
Paint Medium preference is Resilience from Sherwin Williams. It's a high quality exterior finish with MoistureGuard™ Technology for excellent early moisture resistance and improved resistance to early dirt pick up. It is recommended for use on aluminum and vinyl siding, wood siding, clapboard, shakes, shingles, plywood, masonry, and metal down to a surface and air temperature of 35°F, with life limited warranty.
 
Surface Preparation is crucial for mural's longevity.  Exterior walls must be power washed first, scraping, patching, priming, and two top coats follow after.
 
Clear Coat Protection is optional, but it’s not advised because it may create a milky look overtime, and it needs additional coats as time goes by. The manufacturer ensures that the paint is made to withstand harsh weather conditions.
 
Mural Warranty is given for the first four years, and it covers all repairs caused by a failing paint, and that has not ever happened. The warranty does not cover damages caused by humans physical actions, or by leaking pipes, or a leaking roof.
 
Mural Cost is based on the size of the surface and the details of the mural. The mural can be charged by square foot, or the project as a whole. Details would be discussed when in contact, and once both parties have agreed, there are no surprises to follow.
 
Timeline depends on the size, detail, weather conditions and temperature. Usually it takes between a few days to over a month. 
 
Customer Satisfaction is proven by the work itself, also the long term relationship with the Mural by Design clients who also took their time to write some great reviews on https://muralbydesign.houzz.com 
 
Open to Travel  for painting murals anywhere in the United States and Europe.
 
Mural by Design - Asking You 
Would you like to transform a random space with beautiful  Site - Specific - Murals, inspired by your needs to transform your commercial and/or residential spaces and meet your vision.
Then, please do not hesitate to contact Mural by Design, and Let's Do This Together​.
 
Thank You So Much for taking your time to check out Mural by Design and please follow and show your support  with "Likes" and "Shares"  on social media. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Sotir Davidhi
Mural by Design, LLC - Artist
Grand Rapids, MI
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