Welcome to Art Works

Art Works is the San Francisco Bay Area’s Premier Source for Hand-Crafted Custom Signs, Stained Glass, Painted Murals, School Signs, Mascots, and Boat Lettering for Over 35 Years

Looking to hire a multi-talented, collaborative artist? 

John Espinola, Art Works, Signs, Stained Glass, School Signs, Murals

Meet 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 Bay Area 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?

Los Gatos Brewing Company Carved Logo Sign San JoseWe’ve got you covered. 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. Interior, exterior, residential, commercial – we can help you with whatever sort of sign you might need for your home or business. We also make durable, colorful school signs and award emblems: California Distinguished, National Blue Ribbon, Title I and more.

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.

Oval sign with 3D, gilded lettersPerhaps 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.


john espinola art works campbell stained glass architectural glass


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 beautiful. Whether it’s a custom sign, stained glass window, hand-painted mural, or school award emblem — it’s a hallmark of all Art Works projects.

John Espinola sign painter, artist repairing elephant art


“The more experience you have, the more possibilities you can create.” Tim Gunn’s quote sums up one of our guiding philosophies. 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.

Sign painter artist John Espinola boat transom san francisco


We do everything we can to make ordering as easy and pleasant as possible. We offer a preliminary on-site meeting for free. We provide drawings and samples. We are flexible with installation times offering early, late and weekend hours.

John Espinola sign painter san jose los gatos


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.

Email Us

Call: 408-379-6002 -or- click here:

Contact Us For A Free Consultation!

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

– Oscar Wilde