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The San Francisco Bay Area’s Premier Source for Hand- Crafted Custom Signs, Stained Glass, School Signs, and Murals for Over 35 Years.

John EspinolaMeet John Espinola. He is the owner, artist, and all around creative force behind Art Works. He holds a B.F.A. in Painting and has painted exterior as well as interior murals for residences and businesses throughout Northern California’s Silicon Valley. His bright, bold renderings of school mascots are very popular on local campuses.

Espinola is a stained glass artist. He has built church steeples, church windows, and stained glass windows, panels, room dividers and entryways for the home, among many other projects. His stained glass designs blend harmoniously and naturally with their environments, enhancing their surroundings with timeless beauty.

Espinola is also a talented carver and wood worker. He does gold, silver, aluminum, and copper leafing. His gold-leafed, custom painted lettering in particular is an elegant decoration on many award-winning antique wooden boat transoms.

Looking for a Great Custom Sign?

We’ve got you covered there, too. Quality, custom hand-crafted signs of all types and sizes have been an Art Works  mainstay since our early days. As you might expect, hand-painted signs are a specialty. We also make durable, colorful school award emblems: California Distinguished, National Blue Ribbon, Title I and more. With over 70 projects on 33 campuses throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Art Works is proud to be the sign and mural vendor of choice in many Silicon Valley school districts.

Professional and knowledgeable, Espinola is a problem-solver who enjoys a design challenge. His open, friendly approach encourages collaboration, and his talent and skills ensure thoughtful, beautiful results.

Perhaps the best way to get to know the man is to view his work. Our galleries showcase Espinola’s abilities in an impressive variety of projects. We invite you to browse through them and be inspired. See something you like? Let us know! Then we’ll start the discussion to make your project a reality.

We believe in establishing good, collaborative relationships with you, our customers, and in giving you our best work on every project.


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You know it when you see it, feel it, experience it. It’s the attention to detail, the thoughtful little touches that make the end result so much nicer than what’s generally available. And it’s a hallmark of all Art Works projects.

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“The more experience you have, the more possibilities you can create.” Tim Gunn’s quote beautifully sums up one of our guiding principals here at Art Works. John Espinola combines his experience with a wide variety of material, fabrication techniques and finishes with his artistic vision to make designs that help you to make the most of the possibilities presented by your project.

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We do everything we can to make the ordering process as clear, easy, and pleasant as possible. We provide drawings, samples, and, in some cases, full color mock-ups. We offer a primary on-site meeting for free and we are flexible with early, late and weekend installations.

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A border here, a shadow there, a playful flourish, the perfect color. There’s no denying the heart and soul of an artist. They see the world differently and we all benefit from that. John Espinola brings his unique artistic sensibilities to every Art Works project.

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“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”

– Oscar Wilde