Decorative Painter
Marie Antoinette Saliba

About the job:

What you do

You create art objects to communicate ideas and feelings. You apply paint and other decorations to give surfaces the desired look. You find ways to display and sell your art by showing it to other people.  

The tough stuff
  • Most of your time is consumed in creating the work of art, learning new techniques, experimenting with the ideas and, you are hardly left with time to spend with your friends and family 
  • You tend to stop following daily routines
  • You don't get paid much for your work unless you are a very renowned artist
  • During busy periods, you may work additional hours to meet deadlines; there is hard physical work involved, staying upright all day
The cool stuff
  • You get to be creative
  • You can be imaginative
  • You could set your own work schedule
Typical work hours

Most craft and fine artists work full time, although part-time and variable work schedules are also common.

Many hold another job in addition to their work as an artist.


Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Art
Best high school track(s)
  • Humanities
Personal qualities
  • Dexterity (hands and fingers)
  • Originality
  • Fluency of ideas
  • Visualization
  • Visual Color Discrimination
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • BS in Arts, Communications, or a related field
Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

Imagine a career path that’s more expressive and outside the box. A job that could turn those doodles in your math notebook into something a useful. You may have bombed your math test cuz of it, but we bet you got some prize-winning art in there. Our Insider Interview with Marie Antoinette shows us and you how you can channel your creativity into an awesome career as a decorative painter. Check out this behind the scenes look at how you could turn your unique skills into a job you could fall in love with.


Mrs. Marie-Antoinette El Chbeir holds a D.E.S (Diplome D’études Superieures) in Fine Arts and a certificate of Audiovisual and Multimedia from the ALBA (Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts).

She has worked since 2000 in the field of decorative painting in collaboration with a French Fine Arts company in the execution of a variety of projects in Europe and the Middle East targeting a wide range of private and public clients such as; Brioni – Milano (2003) , Chopard – Switzerland (2006), Restoration of Chateau de Versailles – France (2002), Restoration of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs – Paris (2006), Chateau de Rambouillet – France (2004) and a number of private mansions, villas and hotels in Europe and Great Britain… and in the Middle East: The Beirut Maronite St. Georges Cathedral (2001), Bsat el Rih Restaurant – Azariyeh Beirut (2005), Parilla Argentina Steak House, Gemayzeh Beirut (2007), Yasmina Indian Fusion Restaurant (2009), Viola Restaurant Sassine Beirut (2009), Em Sherif, Monot Beirut (2010), Em Sherif, Dubai (2014), Em Sherif, Jeddah (2015), Em Sherif Kuwait (2017)   as well as private mansions and villas in the surrounding Arab countries.

Mrs. El Chbeir has contributed in a number of fine arts collective exhibitions in Lebanon and won several awards and a scholarship awarded by the French Government to attend the “Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts de Paris” for 2 consecutive years.

Mrs. El Chbeir’s vision aims towards a continued work in the fields of decorative painting and fine arts and aims as well at encouraging the restoration of important landmarks and old houses of Lebanon.