About The Artist
My name is Kathy Carroll. I am a native of Tom's River, New Jersey and have been living in South Florida since 1983. I have over 20 years of experience creating custom hand-painted tile murals, and have been painting for over 35 years. I paint in all genres but the majority of my works are in tropical themes, nature, landscapes, seascapes, and marine life.
I began painting professionally in 1992 and in 2002 I started marketing my art work through the internet as KL Tile Murals (my maiden name was Kathy Lempicki). Since that time I have been commissioned to create hundreds of tile murals and tumbled marble murals for residential and commercial clients throughout much of the United States in locations as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, and the Caribbean.
At KL Tile Murals I strive to create the highest quality unique works of art for each of my clients. Using ceramic tile and tumbled marble as my canvas, I work painstakingly with each client to clarify their vision, capture it, and create a signature mural that reflects their personality, and blends harmoniously with their environment.
All of the murals on the following pages are available as either ceramic tile murals, tumbled marble murals or house signs and plaques. Hand painted accent tiles are also available to compliment your murals. All murals are custom made, sized to your needs, and hand painted and fired. We do not use prints or sublimation to create our murals. Use the photo galleries for kitchen backsplash ideas and bathroom backsplash ideas. Our murals are available to customers throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean.
The links to the left and at the bottom of each page will bring you to galleries of previous ceramic tile murals and tumbled marble murals by Florida Artist Kathy B. Carroll.
About The Murals
Ceramic tile murals are painted using one of several methods. Each method having its own "feel" as well as advantages and disadvantages for the artist. There is not necessarily a "better" way, it is more the artist's preference. The following is the method I prefer. I use commercially made bisque tiles for most projects to ensure consistent quality and dimensional accuracy, although I also create house plaques and table tops of custom shapes, designs and
sizes. I prefer to use under-glaze paints, which is like painting with liquefied clay. It takes a considerable amount of practice and experimentation to get the desired results, because unlike other types of paints, under-glazes look vastly different before and after firing, as my little gecko friend below illustrates. And I may use a combination of 4 or 5 different blues and whites when painting ocean scenes.
After the mural is completely dry the tiles are re-fired to bring out the full color of the under-glaze paints. The mural is then glazed with a clear glaze and re-fired to seal and protect the tiles. These tile are now the same size and quality as commercial tiles you would buy from a tile store. After firing each tile is numbered and a schematic is provided so the installer will know the installation sequence.
The photos below illustrate the how firing brings out the full color and luster of the under-glaze paints. These photos show my little "Deco Gecko" before & after firing. A very cool little dude!