Many people want to know what our products are made from and if they are weather resistant. Here are the answers: Our products are very durable and weather resistant. The material we use, which is a casting composite, is extremely durable and impervious to weather. But, all of our pieces are painted and even though we use durable lacquer paints with a clear lacquer topcoat, ALL paint over time will fade. We believe our plaques and signs will still look good in an exterior environment for several years. If you would like your piece repainted in a few years, we will do that at no charge. Just ship the piece to use and will will repaint and stain it and return it to you. Our webstore features the art work of American artist Al Pisano. Al Pisano is a dimensional artist and creates his art through carving or sculpting. Al's career started in New York City in the 1950's. As a graduate of the prestigious School of Industrial Arts in New York City, Al started his career in NYC advertising as a paste up artist. Over the years he became an Art Director and eventually formed his own Graphic Design company. After a trip to Italy in the 1970's, Al was inspired to try his hand at carving and felt so passionate about carving and sculpting that he completely changed his art business to producing dimensional art. Al has created logos for companies such as Paul Masson, Burger King, Pepperidge Farms, Alaska Airlines and hundreds of book covers. In 1992 he started a new company producing home decor and gift items with his business partner Kay Coulter. They have worked with major catalog companies and other retailers to produce unique and exclusive items from Al's designs--carved and sculpted. All the manufacturing of these items is done in their factory in Miami Fl and under the supervision of Al. Kay and Al continue to operate their production facility in Miami--supervising all the reproductions of Al's artwork. Unlike other companies that moved all their production facilities to Asia, Kay and Al have kept their production here in the US so they could provide top notch quality and customer service.