This piece was created for an art collector client to be the centerpiece of her living room, bringing together all the various textiles, artwork and colors around the room.
I worked with this client, Haley, over the course of a few weeks. I first met Haley in her home to discuss this focal point piece for her living room. She shared with me some of the stories behind the various pieces in the room including a beautiful elephant painting from her grandmother’s home. We also discussed ways to incorporate the layers of textiles she had custom made for her room. This helped me choose a coordinating color palette that would work to draw everything together.
The final layout of my piece was inspired by a mosaic fireplace in a Yves Saint Laurent’s vacation home. Using this as my inspiration, I combined some of the patterns found in Haley’s drapes, rug and elephant painting. The result is a pair of large acrylic paintings in the Diptych composition. These conversation pieces are hung above the sofa and really do complete the room.
What I love most about this painting was actually the process of creating it — it was a true family collaboration.
My client Amy, enlisted her husband Tim to give ideas of want he was looking for in this painting. He suggested a Celtic cross to represent their faith along with meaningful words that were important to him and Amy. Family, love, faith, loyalty, compassion, courage and joy. These are all traits Tim said he wanted his family to have and wanted incorporated into the painting.
With that in mind, I went to work and painted this medallion with the family’s names, dates and “family values” hidden in the vines around the cross. I painted it in custom colors that would bring the room together and it is now the focal piece in their family room.
This wrought iron print collection was inspired by my client’s honeymoon in Greece.
My client was looking to create a collection of prints for her family room inspired by all the beautiful, hand-crafted wrought iron she discovered on her bike rides throughout the Greek islands during her honeymoon. My client wanted to create a keepsake that would mirror her graphic, modern style and provide a pop of color to her tonal family room.
With inspiration from her many photos, I first illustrated detail work in India ink to share with the client to get an idea for the final composition. I then painted several options in both gauche water colors and India ink. The options were narrowed down to two paintings that would frame french doors in her room. She loved the initial India ink detail work that she ended up framing those pieces and interspersing them with her photographs to create a gallery wall opposite my paintings.
I loved that my process of creating the art pieces ended up inspiring my client to create her own gallery which wasn’t the original intention. She is thrilled with the final outcome of both of the projects and loves that it captures her honeymoon.
This is a hand painted medallion design with hidden family names and important dates done for the Cahill family of Philadelphia.
Here you can see more of the detail: