Larry Boyce

Larry Boyce
George Zaffle and Larry Boyce on the road.

Larry Boyce is a legend in the annals of decorative painting. Like Johnny Appleseed, he traveled the byways of America planting seeds of artistic appreciation wherever he went. He pedaled his worn red bicycle over two hundred thousand miles through the western regions of the U.S., especially the mining towns of Colorado, and offered to paint stenciled ceilings for owners of period homes in exchange for room and board. Arriving in San Francisco in 1973, he started his decorative painting business, Larry Boyce and Associates. Larry and his associates became members of Artistic License within a year of its founding in 1982. While Larry himself was a mercurial individual and not easy to pin down, his associates, including Ken Huse and George Zaffle, became active members of the guild. Larry’s artistic talent was of the highest order. His hand-painted ceilings and friezes beautify splendid Victorian residences such as the Brune-Ruetlinger home in San Francisco, as well as the Vice-President’s office in Washington, D.C. Larry was well known for his many witticisms and flamboyant personality. His knowledge of Victorian design was vast. He painted until he could work no more, and spent his last days assisting the parishioners of Old First Presbyterian Church in San Francisco in creating a painted ceiling in their church interior. He remained a member of Artistic License until his death from complications of AIDS in 1992.