About Sellers Signs, Inc.
Signs, Inc. has been my sign-making and graphic design company for 30+
years, 28 of them on Martha's Vineyard. I have proudly served the
business community, private home owners and vehicle and boat owners
with graphics and hand made signage all of these years with an emphasis on
classic techniques and simplicity of design. The company is an eclectic
outgrowth of my many talents in the Art field, from Design, Graphics,
Calligraphy, Typography, Signwriting, Carving, Color, Restoration, and
most innately a sense of style, history, architecture, and design, and
how it relates to a particular Graphics/Sign/Design challenge.
Always the only female in my Wood Shop and Drafting
Classes in High School, I went on to study Fine Art at the Corcoran
School of Art and George Washington University in Washington,
D.C., and then on to the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore,
I began as an engineering and architectural draughtsman
in an Engineering Firm called J.R. McCrone, Jr., Inc., in Annapolis,
Maryland. I learned from transcribing the surveyors field notes into
maps, by plotting the notes and pulling topography, and I drew up and
everything fron Sewage Treatment Plants, to Road Design, Land
Development, Bridges, and entire Towns. You name it, I drew it. Finely
inked hand-lettering on mylar for Land Court Plans gave me a lot of
practice in Letterform and Signwriting.
I liked seeing the fruits of my labors at the drafting table
transformed into reality, and loved touring the municipal plants,
bridges, towns, etc., once they were built. It was this early
experience that led to having the skills to design homes with many
builders later on Martha's Vineyard, and in kind, being able to see the
homes once built or renovated. So, as Sellers Signs grew and developed,
the street became my Gallery, and the concept has proved satisfying to
this day, even as I branch into my own art, done en plein air as the
light changes, and conditions move and change, and I find this
life painting experience very challenging and responsive.
In my spare time I began lettering sailboats in nearby
Annapolis, Maryland. I also lettered huge billboard signs for Route 2
and Route 3 , as the area was becoming highly developed. I went on to
18-wheelers at truck stops, where one truck led to another. I learned
while I earned.
In 1978 , I moved to Martha's Vineyard with a job offer at
a new Engineering Firm called Smith and Dowling, and proceeded to draw
nearly every square inch of land on Martha's Vineyard, and inked
every Land Court Plan from 1978 through 1988 in the Registry of Deeds
here on the island, as land was bought up and developed. I also found a
great need for signs from my beginnings on the island, and
started Sellers Signs in that first year, which took off like a rocket,
finally incorporating in 1988.
Sellers Signs, Inc.'s clients read like a who's who
from Hollywood Powerbrokers, Artists, Musicians, Writers, Presidents
and their families,and runs the gamut to local housepainters and
businesspeople, homeowners and yachtsmen.