Many decorative concrete contractors come from other walks of life. Rick Fischer began his career in automotive restoration and custom painting. He thought that some of the techniques he had learned could be applied to decorative concrete, and in 1993 he started his own company. Currently he also teaches workshops and helps manufacturers with training needs. At the Artistry Demo, Fischer, inspired by a Navajo rug, constructed an intricately layered pattern using stencils, thin trowel-down colored overlays, and water-based stains. To complete his work and to bring the colors together, he applied a patina with dyes in an acrylic sealer.