Rick Nash "Nash" started his career at the age of 20, in Amarillo Texas. After working on a couple paint jobs in college, he decided he liked the potential of a painting company. Nash began in painting but soon expanded his skills and knowledge to include carpentry, trim and framing, roofing, sheet-rock, and textures. Most importantly, Nash expanded his knowledge of effective communication and sales, the human element of the business.
Due to a back injury in 1996, Nash began his custom home building career with a local Amarillo building company. As a superintendent, with as many as 14 homes in progress at one time, Nash quickly became proficient in project scheduling, client relations and multi-tasking. He also learned from his sub-contractors, who actually build the homes, the correct way and the proper materials for each phase. In 1997, Nash and his team formed Artisan Studios Inc. In 1998 the Artisan team entered the Texas Panhandle Builders Associations Parade of Homes.
Rosario worked as a quality control expert and x ray technician for 10 years at the Harrington Cancer Center and another 3 years at the Women's Healthcare Associates. She had a burning desire to learn more about specialty finishes and when the Nash clan moved to The Woodlands, this allowed her to fuel her passion in specialty faux finishes. With her commitment to excellence and unwavering self-determination, Rosario soon became the "Faux Diva" of The Woodlands; crowned by her husband, of course. Rosario loves to create unique designs and special finishes that make any project personal to its owner. With an appreciation of architecture, she is the inspiration behind the Artisans "Texas Modern" style of new home and remodeling design. She enjoys blending the rustic elements of cedar, stone, brick and iron, with modern and contemporary styles. She is also the genius creator of Artisan's custom hand finished rustic wood flooring.
Ande Salinas began her career at Seward County Community College in Liberal, KS looking into a degree in computer information systems and business management with the end goal of becoming an accountant. After her college years, she became an office manager for a small trucking company in 2001. From this point, Ande fell in love with the art of helping and managing people. Ande quickly learned how to balance a budget and she knew she had a natural talent for the business. Growing up, Ande's father was a construction superintendent and her stepfather was a known master carpenter and electrician. With this knowledge and experience Ande was the perfect fit for the Artisan Creative Homes. Ande is known for being the down-to-earth team member because she makes a personal connection with everyone she meets. Ande is responsible for many projects, maintaining the books, and balancing the budget for each job all in a timely and organized fashion. When asked what she likes most about her work, she responded, "I love the challenge of being an office manager because it allows me to have structure but also gives me the freedom to be creative". Ande is a vital member of the team and she is very proud to work with such a creative and talented group.
After 14 years in the painting industry, Nash began to explore decorative finish techniques and products the industry had to offer at that time. In his search for knowledge, he partnered with other artisans across the country. From Denver to Dallas and Houston to Miami, FL he took classes to explore the vast array of faux finish products. In 2001, the Nash family relocated from Amarillo to The Woodlands, in the Houston Area. At this time, Rosario Nash left her 14-year career in quality control and x ray tech, to join the Artisan team full time. She would soon become expert in color matching, blending and organizing major design projects from restaurants, country clubs, furniture stores to 30,000 square foot homes in one of the country's most elite communities. The beginnings of the Artisan dream took a natural path when they expanded into remodeling and building custom homes with their design skills adding a splash of style to each project.
The Artisan team won the "Best Interior Design" award and were the co-winners for the "Home of the Year" and "Best Floor Plan". In 2001, the Nash family decided to relocate the Artisan idea to the Houston Area. In 2002, the team began projects in The Woodlands and soon became one of the area's premier companies for unique faux finish designs and remodeling projects. With a team of 20 artisans, they enjoyed great success working with local architects, interior designers, business owners, real estate brokers, investors and of course home owners. During their 16 year stay in The Woodlands area, the team designed and built custom homes from 3800 sq ft up to 6900 sq ft. Each home was designed with the vision of the owners and their dreams became reality. With many family members and friends still in the area, the Nash family has decided to bring their artistic flair back to the Texas panhandle and join the growing economy. Here the Artisan team will continue to dare to dream big dreams.
Nash and Rosario share a love to create unique projects together. They are greatly satisfied in their ability to make clients individual dreams come to life, as well as increasing value to their home or business. Through a 38 year career working with thousands of clients, Nash knows the main key to success in the construction/design business realm is excellent communication and totally outrageous service.