The Strokes of Genius Story

My name is Daniel Smith and I am the owner of Strokes of Genius Painting. In the summer of 2003, while studying Journalism at Carleton University, I decided that my true calling was actually in business. But rather than starting over from scratch, I decided to stay the course, but start my own business at the same time to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship firsthand. But what business could I start with my limited experience and budget?


Well, having done alot of painting during my summers growing up in rural New Brunswick, I eventually decided that there probably wasn't a single other business I could start on my limited student budget. And so, I enlisted the help of a hard-working friend and on a sunny summer day we began knocking on doors in Manotick: Daniel Smith Painting was officially born. Two years later, I decided we needed a more distinctive brand (since I wasn't exactly born with a unique surname) and the company was rechristened Strokes of Genius Painting.


Fast forward to today and I am proud to say that we now employ 10 full time, professional painters and are one of the largest and most reputable professional painting contractors in the Ottawa region. We can handle any painting project: big or small, residential or commercial, interior or exterior. Check out the full list of our services here. 


All our employees are dedicated, skilled, courteous and polite individuals who enjoy working for us because we provide fair pay and steady year-round work. We also make sure that all our painters are fully insured by both WSIB and private liability insurance for your protection. I personally inspect every one of our projects throughout the process and at the end to ensure that the quality of our workmanship never drops.


I am very proud of the company I have built over the past 8 years and I take our reputation very seriously. If you need proof of that, read through some of the many testimonials our clients have left for us HERE. We are not some huge corporation or franchise operation with tons of overhead. Rather, Strokes of Genius is a true local business built by a Maritimer-turned-Ottawan and employing some of the best professional painters in the region. I invite you to connect with me on Facebook (personal / company), on Twitter (@Ottawa_Painters) or on LinkedIn.


We would love to paint your home and I can personally guarantee you won't be disappointed if you hire us to do so. Drop us a line now and book your free estimate by clicking HERE!