In 1981, Eric started his own painting firm restoring the interiors of many high-end residences along Park Avenue, in Manhattan. In search for a more creative side to this profession, fate seemed to bring Eric and master faux-finisher Selwyn Mills together. Eric apprenticed with Selwyn Mills, learning the art of faux-finishing in some of the most exclusive mansions along the “Gold Coast” of Long Island.
In 1986, Eric attended classes at Ina Marx’s prestigious "Finishing School," one of the most renowned decorative painting schools, at that time, in the country. After studying intensely with Ina, Alan and Robert Marx, Eric launched “Spiegel’s Decorative Finishes Inc."
Relocating to upstate New York, Eric’s skills as a faux-finisher and restorer awarded him many very impressive contracts, including historic restoration work on many of the State Capital buildings and historic banks in the Albany area. Eric’s work can be seen on many of the famous Victorian mansions also known as “Painted Ladies” in Saratoga Springs N.Y. His firm also restored the elaborate ceiling of an exterior Pergola for the Clark family in Cooperstown N.Y. Eric, also a well respected instructor himself, gave faux-finishing workshops for Benjamin Moore paint stores throughout the upstate N.Y. region.
In 1993, Eric attended classes in Vero Beach at the “Faux Effects International School” to learn about the new breakthroughs in water base technology in the field of faux-finishing. Eric was fortunate enough to study directly with Raymond Sandor founder of “Faux Effects International” and someone who Eric feels is the most influential person in the industry today.
In 1994, one of Eric’s clients commissioned his firm to faux-finish their entire facility in Naples, Fl. Eric fell in love with Naples and relocated his business there in 1995.
Since then, "Spiegel’s Decorative Finishes Inc." has become one of the leading faux-finishing firms in southwest Florida. Their work has graced the interiors of some of the most prestigious homes, restaurants, & lobbies in the area. They have a cliental list that reads of some of the most successful CEO’s and entrepreneurs in the country. They recently completed the decorative painting for a 32,000 sq. ft mansion in Port Royal, faux-finishing almost every ceiling and wall throughout this magnificent home. Their work has been a part of many Sand Dollar and other award winning interiors. Spiegel’s Decorative Finishes Inc. is being featured currently in “Faux Effects World” magazine.
Eric’s desire to be creative and innovative with meticulous attention to detail are the ingredients that make “Spiegel’s Decorative Finishes Inc.” work stand out from the rest. Considered to be one of the top faux-finishers in the country, Eric is always on a constant mission to try new products and invent new techniques.