painting in 1973 working for Charles Martin Painting.
Charlie was in business for 40 years prior to my employment. His
specialty was primarily large older homes in the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Shadyside & Squirrel Hill. He focused on
painting basics: scrape it, clean it, and paint it. Charlie retired in 1974.
I then went to work for George H Diamond
George had completed a course at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie Mellon) called 'Decorating Arts & Science'.
George was a meticulous craftsman who approached every job as a restoration project and would loathe any shortcut in preparation,
however minor, that might adversely affect the final quality of his work. George practiced the absolute highest standards
of the trade, and all of us under his tutelage learned the negative outcome of other than first rate workmanship.
1977 I went to work for Artex Painting & Decorating Inc, a commercial painting contractor primarily serving the new construction
market (hospital/office/retail) in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Commercial/New Construction is a somewhat different
realm than residential, focusing primarily on quick & efficient completion. Commercial painting uses the most cost effective
methods resulting in a slightly lower quality finish, The lesson of commercial painting is do it fast and do it once: 'do
over' is not an acceptable option.
As local commercial construction slowed, I began accepting projects as Daniel E
Barr Painting. That was 1979! 40 years and still going!