Five generations since 1886

In 1998, years after promising that he would never enter the family painting business, John Edward Travis, Ronald’s oldest son, moved back to San Antonio and started his own painting firm, J.E. Travis Painting, Inc., working out of a horse stall in a barn in Bracken, Texas. Over time the firm grew and moved into San Antonio. In 2002 John started a sister firm, Travis Millwork, Inc., specializing in commercial casework and millwork. All divisions now operate out of a 67,000 square foot complex of buildings in an industrial park off Turbo Drive. This facility includes manufacturing space and equipment for solid wood and engineered products, metal fabrication, stone counter-tops and a finishing shop, as well as shipping and receiving, training centers and engineering spaces.  In 2019 Travis Millwork, Inc. opened a 20,000 SF regional production facility in Manor, Texas, just outside of Austin to better serve our customers in that area. 



J.E. Travis offers stain finishing services. We also offer custom matching by our stain specialists. We use a variety of different stain finish types including lacquer, oil, and acrylic stains from several industry-leading stain suppliers. 

In addition to being able to provide field applied finishes, we operate an in-house finishing facility that allows stain projects to run concurrently with fieldwork, saving time, and enhancing quality control.


The right coating properly applied results in a durable finish so JET uses several primer and paint technologies including:  acrylic, alkyd, marine, epoxy, and urethane in single or multi-component  form to cover a variety of interior and exterior surfaces.  Substrates like wood, GWB, CMU, concrete, and metal are common construction materials that we paint . From weenie rollers to HVLP and airless equipment, JET crews use the right tools and coatings to provide a lasting finish.


Proper preparation is key in delivering a quality paint project.  JET crews  tape and float  GWB surfaces to approved specification (Level 1 to Level 5)  including taping for sound and fire ratings or cement board preparation behind tile as required.  We also include specialty texture coatings, per design intent, including:  blown-on orange peel, knock-down, hand-trowel, Monterrey, or specialty textured coatings.


J.E. Travis offers various types of faux finishing options. 

Our experienced team can match an existing finish or match a finish that you have in mind. This includes, “sponge”, “ragged”, “glazes”, “stenciling”, “crackle”, “gold leaf”, and other similar finishes.


We offer experienced installers for your wallcovering projects. We work with leading industry wallcovering vendors if you need assistance in selecting a color or pattern that suits your project. We can also install custom furnished graphics.


From touching up a door frame to painting out a suite of offices, our experienced team can accommodate your schedule to get your area looking new, again. We specialize in commercial office and retail spaces, warehouses, restaurants, and private-owned businesses. We can accommodate large scale projects, but will also come out for minor touch-ups. Custom color-matching is part of our trade. Give us a call to schedule a walk-thru and request a quote. 

Signature Projects

See a portfolio of the many projects we've completed for both Travis Millwork and J.E. Travis Painting.