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Wolfe Decorative Finishes is a "zero to low VOC" finishing company, which is owned by a husband and wife duo, John Wolfe and Michelle Matte. Collectively we have 34 years experience working with interiors and decorative finishes. Our varied backgrounds in fine arts, business, interior design and construction, give us the unique skills and insight to assist you with your decorative finishing needs. From contemporary to traditional European style, we will work with you directly to achieve your vision.


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John's career in Decorative Art began roughly twenty years ago and has since taken him from Tokyo to Boston, and from Vancouver to Scottsdale, Arizona.

While John was finishing his Fine Art & Art History degrees at Concordia University, he was commissioned for several commercial murals.  It was from those experiences, that John was inspired to learn the skills & craftsmanship of a decorative finisher.  With strong artisan skills and a growing repertoire of plaster, gilding, and faux finishes, John worked several years as an independent contract artisan for two prominent decorative finishing companies in Vancouver.  Ultimately, John wanted to explore his own decorative finishing aesthetics and he decided it was time to form Wolfe Interiors Canada.  Together, we started to work on many exciting projects in Vancouver and in the USA. Eventually, the demand for Wolfe Interiors in the USA became so great, that we move there in 2001.  Based out of Scottsdale Arizona, the company enjoyed 5 very successful years.

In 2005, we moved back to Canada, to enjoy living closer to family and friends.  During that time we spent quality time with our kids, as well as taking in several education and research trips to Europe.

In 2007, with a strong desire to create healthier living environments - John began exploring and experimenting with the new ZERO and low VOC finishing products.  We were excited and confident with John's new innovative and “sustainable” finishes.  In 2008, Wolfe Interiors was reborn into Wolfe Decorative Finishes – a ZERO to low VOC finishing company.


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Michelle has 10 years experience as a decorative finishes consultant, working on many types of projects ranging from historical replication and restoration, to projects that required new and creative contemporary finishing ideas.   Michelle has worked for 13 years as a high end interior designer, as well as, 8 years of experience in project management for new construction and renovations.  She has travelled extensively around the world, living in Europe, Japan and the USA.  The combination of these work and travel experiences have been invaluable for helping Wolfe Decorative Finishes understand our clients' vision for their project.

Michelle's role in Wolfe Decorative Finishes stretches from; the initial consultation meeting with the client, working together with John to conceptualize and develop job specific finishes, job estimating, scheduling, marketing, and customer service.  With Michelle focusing on these areas of the company, it allows John to focus his attention on creating great artisan finishes.   Victoria BC Gilding faux finishes decorative artist venetian plaster American clay estate homes contemporary glazes glazing stria Vancouver Island Canada

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