Most people dream of waking up everyday and loving their job – for some it’s not a dream – it’s their reality. Frank “Mudslingr” Kobetich, a drywall artist from Thunder Bay, Ontario is one of the lucky ones who experiences great joy in his work as a drywall artist.
Frank began his drywall career over 25 years ago doing standard taping jobs. However, that all changed after Frank attended the Trim-Tex Factory Trained Bead Technician course at Trim-Tex’s Lincolnwood, Ill. facility. “Attending the class was the best decision for me at the time,” Frank said. “I was starting to get real bored of standard taping jobs.” During the two-day course, attendees learn a variety of skills, including basic bead installation, how to create drywall art, and tool usage. Frank left the course with new skills and a new direction for his career as a drywall artist.
It takes an especially skilled drywaller to become a drywall artist. Drywall art requires creativity to transform drywall products into one-of-a-kind home finishes. “I'm always observing shapes and designs anywhere I happen to be and wonder what I might be able to do to make it my own,” Frank said. In addition to creativity, a drywall artist must possess a range of skills including carpentry, design, drywall finishing, and most importantly, passion for the craft. Frank’s work is evidence that he possesses all these skills. “Drywall art gives me something new and interesting to do and allows me to give people fresh ideas and designs. It has put some pep back in my step,” he says.
Nowadays you can find Frank working alone on his drywall masterpieces with a radio playing in the background, just the way he likes it. “I like my job a lot. In an odd way, it's relaxing,” he says. Like the most skilled drywall artists, Frank can create a wide range of drywall art, anything from tray ceilings to window trimming to medallions and everything in between. “I seem to be drawn towards creating subtle abstract medallions,” Frank says. “You really can't go wrong making one. They are fun and challenging and look great just about anywhere.”
On a recent job, the home’s wide-open kitchen, dining and living area, allowed Frank to display his ability to create different types of drywall art. He included many features in the home, such as trimming windows with Niche Bead and Step A Bull, installing EZ Tray in the kitchen to beautifully accent the cabinets, and creating unique art by using fixtures already present in the home. “It's fun to see strange looks from people when you first get started doing something different,” he says. “Then as the work progresses and they can see the finished product they start to smile.”