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.