I was saddened to learn over the weekend of the recent passing of Sandra Kiss-London. I had the pleasure to meet Sandra quite a few years ago, when she and her husband Mark London were just starting to market their Faux Like A Pro line of decorative painting products. Their studio was/is located in Allston, a short drive from my house. I would go to the studio for a few hours every week, to work on samples that would be used in displays in stores that would be carrying the Faux Like A Pro line. In return for my services, I received samples for my own portfolio to show my clients, so it was a win/win situation. Sandra was my first introduction to the world of plasters and I can tell you, she was way ahead of the game, even back in 1997.
Sandra was a dynamic young woman, who had endless energy and a passion for creating new and exciting finishes. She had a thriving decorative painting business prior to opening the Faux Like A Pro studio. Sandra taught classes at the studio and in later years designed a certificate program for decorative finishers. Her work is well known, having appeared on several television shows such as NECN’s New England Dream Home, The Style Network and Comcast’s American Builder. Sandra’s esquisite work has also been featured in several publications, including a cover for Design Times Magazine.
At 43, this talented young woman lost her courageous battle to breast cancer on July 31, 2010.
Note: I was later informed that Sandra had bone cancer, not breast cancer.