Behind the Scenes: Bayou Bend Mural Replica

Back in October, Imago Dei was commissioned to create a replica of the Bayou Bend dining room in the new construction home of Dr. Gary and Cathy Brock of River Oaks, Houston. Their home, a replica itself of Jeffersonian architecture, and site supervised by a French carpenter, Jean Michael, who is a member of The Compagnons , is a rare beauty of a project and we have felt privileged to take part.  This is a blog post documenting the process.

February: The drywall is finally ready. We can start painting.

The first step is a red base paint under the gold leaf, beautifully painted by Ricardo. Next is the gold leaf, also by Ricardo.

A photo of the finished gold leaf. It almost looked too good to move forward.

In May, glazed the gold leaf and started doing designs of the flowers. This is Michelle painting one of the Peonies. I’m on the scaffold. (Renee)

This was when we went to Bayou Bend to do our artistic research. Special thanks to the docents at Bayou Bend Museum who let us behind the barriers to take close-up photos for our work.

Finally, we started painting the mural in the Brock’s residence. Most of this layout and paint work was completed by Teresa and Martha, in June and July.


And without further ado, here are some of the final photos, taken today.






Stay tuned for the final photos, when the house is finished out coming in the next few months.


– Renee


Venetian Plaster Care Guide

The care of your Venetian Plaster finish is simple and easy. Most spills and stains can be removed by using a damp and soapy rag on the affected area.


For minor scratches or dings, you can apply a small amount of the appropriate plaster to the damaged area. Let this fully dry for 24 hours and then apply a small amount of protective wax over the plaster. Allow the repaired area to fully dry and cure for three days before using a damp rag to clean any stains.


For any questions or needed repairs/touch ups, give us a call at 713.520.5557.

Imago Dei Rolls Out New Website

Starting January 2018 Imago Dei will be rolling out a new website to better serve our clients and industry partners in the coming year.

The original site was host to over a hundred blog posts covering the work and accolades of Imago Dei during Jeremy and Jaime’s career in Houston. The artist couple decided to sell the company in early 2016 and move to California to continue their artistic endeavors. Todd Schwister took over ownership of the company in early 2016.

The blog posts were a great asset to the Imago Dei website and it will take us some time to migrate those pages back in working order. This change will give us the opportunity to make sure the links and content of our blog will be relevant for our readers moving into the future.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to a great 2018 working with you to create a beautiful Houston.

– Renee