When Talin Lyman (formerly Johnson) majored in art at college, she never pictured herself 40 feet in the air on a cherry picker painting a tropical mural on a building.
But as demand for her artwork increases, she frequently finds herself on scaffolding, she said.
The Hypoluxo resident, formerly of Delray Beach, while still working as a piano teacher, has a line of hand-painted furniture and colorful, tropical fabrics called Lyman Cottage, which was introduced to buyers at the furniture market in High Point, N.C., last fall.
"She's in a league all of her own," said Jim Cameron, sales manager for South Sea Rattan Collection/Fairfax Home in North Carolina.
Although Hurricane Wilma cut into show attendance, her line did well and is expected to be successful, he said.
This isn't Lyman's first venture into fabric design. She has designed fabric and wall coverings for Bill Nessen, owner of Nessen Showroom at the Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach for seven years.
Some of the fabrics and murals she has created have been displayed in Architectural Digest, Coastal Living and Florida Design, Nessen said.