I started Segreto Studios-a very casual, come as you are-art gallery last year. I always joke that each time one of my kids goes to college I open a new facet to Segreto. This one is for Kirby, my middle daughter, going off. I have really loved it–Working with the artists and the homeowners both has given me such joy!! Art is such a personal choice. It needs to reflect the mood for the room and the owner’s personality. It is so much fun working with people to find the perfect piece for them. A personal bond develops which is so special to me!!! Below is a beautiful home I worked on and then went back and created the perfect art for the homeowner and the space. See what you think.
This home was so fun to do with designer Talbot Cooley. After we finished all the plaster and cabinet work, she and the client came to the gallery and we discussed art. This is great for me because I get to see the home furnished and finished and looking at home interiors is my favorite thing to do!! I love that they chose photography for the entrance–very unexpected!!! The black and whites of old architectures by artist Eleanor Brown were about 20 by 24 unframed. The floating frames instead of mats of these, adds weight without taking away from the image. You also can see the plaster through the frame. There will be two benches under the art. These make this amazing home’s entrance very inviting, friendly and less serious, but still very elegant!!!.
In the granddaughter’s room, this photograph from artist Eleanor Brown is whimsical and girlie. It looks great with the shabby chic bench.
This spacious great room needed some art to go on the right wall. The beautiful antique panel from Chateau Domingue (19th century French) on the fireplace is the focal of the room so the rest of the pieces had to compliment this. Talbot wanted a series with texture, pulling the colors from the main piece but being in a completely different style made it different enough that the two wouldn’t compete. These pieces were commissioned.
This is a hallway leading to the media room. Talbot wanted to draw your eye in and complement the old doors. She decided to fill the space and wanted lots of colors and textures. Even though it is an abstract, this painting incorporates many things that are important to the homeowner. The circles represent their family tree including the kids and grandkids. It has sayings in the piece that are meaningful. Family, faith, love. Because it is a narrow hallway it needs to draw your attention from the hall but also be interesting close up. I really had fun working on these last three pieces but i was so so nervous when I brought her by the studio to see the commissions. I wanted everyone to be so happy, and I also wanted them not to feel bad about it if they wanted to make changes!! Fortunately everyone was happy–I think I cried when I saw the pieces installed for the first time. Painting myself has really taught me so much about my artists and my clients.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!!!!