Stew Vreeland, Gray, Maine"
"We call Tony Castro " a maestro" when we talk about him to people. Which
we do constantly. I went to art school and have worked with artists my
whole life. We are amazed at Tony's singular talents in a multitude of media.
He can do anything.
We first met Tony through his work for us at First Parish Church in
Yarmouth, Maine. He did some astounding work there in complicated
plaster mouldings, elaborate stenciling in a dozen colors and bronze and
copper gilding. This was a High Victorian church interior with very high
ceilings to cover with flowers and pinstripes and geometric devices. Tony
was on the local news several times in the midst of this process. And the
work won the church historic awards. I should add that Tony's research
over several years and his almost x-ray vision brought this totally hidden
jewel of an interior to light single handedly. Without Tony the interior was
just a hazy 1930's memory in the mind of the church's oldest parishioner,
and it had been painted over with an industrial silver colored paint that was
not meant to be removed by any normal means. Tony merely took it as an
inconvenience, a challenge.
He has done a faux woodwork kitchen for us in a 200 year old Colonial
house, and a very interesting paneled Trompe l'oeil ceiling in a double
parlored Greek Revival sea captain's home on the river. He also did the
interior of an Italian restaurant for us, murals floor to ceiling in Portland.
And in our John Calvin Stevens renovated home he has done more amazing
faux work that John Calvin would surly be swooning over.
Tony has also carried coals to Newcastle by bringing his mastery to our
home in Umbria, Italy. We were restoring a 1600's town house in a walled
hilltop castle town and one very ornately painted room had been damaged
by water and by the renovation. We had taken copious photos and tracings
and measurements of the artwork and asked Tony to come and put it back
together. A dear Italian friend who designed our garden and is a major
artist and retired professor of architecture was up in arms. "Bringing an
artist to Italy!", he stormed, clearly irritated. Until he saw Tony at work and
immediately embraced him as a fellow artist worthy of all of Italy's respect.
To this day we can't tell what parts Tony saved of the original and what
parts he had to paint into this amazing room.
I know he has our respect. We're proud to count him as a true friend. And
recommend him as high as I know how to recommend anyone.