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Deck the Halls with Art

November 12, 2019

November is the month we begin to think of our most special friends and family gathering during the holidays for food, laughter and gifts to celebrate the season. Making these festivities a success requires planning, and sometimes finding memorable gifts can be a challenge.

Consider giving something unexpected

Art is an extraordinary gift both personal and lasting. Many of my clients have gifted abstract art, both large and small, to family and friends. I’ve had recipients come up to me years later and thank me for the art on their wall. That’s always a nice surprise!

There are several ways you can make this unexpected gift a reality:
As a Colorado artist living in the Roaring Fork Valley, access to my studio is convenient and it’s open for you to explore. You can also shop online. Determine a dollar amount you would like to spend on your special person and let them choose the art. A Gift Certificate can be applied to a piece that costs more or we can create a piece within a dollar parameter. That’s one ideal aspect of art photography - almost any size can be created.
  • Plan a mini-party!

Give a Gift Certificate and then come to my studio for a mini-party during the holiday season. It’s fun for friends and family to bounce ideas off one another while browsing and enjoying a glass of champagne. If a custom piece is desired, the enjoyment will be extended into the New Year when I deliver their artwork to them.

Plan a studio visit, purchase a gift certificate or discuss things further by contacting me here:

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Decks the halls with boughs of art and share the creativity within each of us.

Happy Holidays!
~ Custom artwork will be delivered after the New Year, within approximately four weeks.
~ Studio visits are by appointment only.


A Look Behind the Scenes

September 10, 2019


Inspiration for my photography comes in all shapes and sizes. Take these old pair of boots for example.

The light was shining on them one day and I was intrigued by the deep cracks that seemed to tell their own story of the journey we each take in life and how time and age leave their mark. Chiseled but not worn out, there’s added character in the wrinkles of time. I was curious to see what story could be captured in a photograph.


The result is the image below, Wild Horses.

The lines across the photo remind me of how the manes of wild horses look when they are running free. I enjoy the surprise of another story that can be told through the lens. It’s one of the delights of the work that I do. 


The next dimension that continues to intrigue me is how flexible abstract art is in different interiors. Each client can create his or her story for the artwork in their own setting as seen below.

It’s fun to think of the conversations that might arise when people who don’t know the story behind Wild Horses see it for the first time.

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A Busy Summer for the Art Base Basalt

August 22, 2019

Thank you to everyone who pARTied with us Saturday at Art Base’s 23rd annual fundraising event!  It was a fun event as usual and successful, thanks to the support of our community. This year’s pARTy included a cocktail reception, fine wine and dining, live music, as well as an exclusive silent auction and paddle raise for programs. If you haven’t experienced the Art Base auction, it’s unique. Over 100 works by “unseen” Colorado artists, each 10x10”, are auctioned off. Artists’ identities are concealed until the end at a big reveal which is pretty exciting!

The pARTy also included a presentation of the annual Melva Bucksbaum Dedication to the Arts Award, this year honoring Harry Teague and his years of creative architectural design in Basalt and the Roaring Fork Valley.

As an Art Base council member I’m so pleased to say we exceeded our fundraising goal by raising over $200,000! Art Base will use these funds to continue to provide access to the arts for youth and adults via scholarships - requests for which have more than doubled in the last year. 

If you missed the pARTy, an Art Base membership is another way to gain access to specialized events while contributing to the arts. In fact earlier this summer I partnered with John Cottle to host one such event, Art & Architecture, at my home in Basalt. 

John and I led an open discussion that covered, among other things, John’s architectural endeavors to bring soul to new structures and my experience and inspiration creating contemporary works of art from aged objects. My home, a 3-story, circa 1800’s barn relocated from Vermont provided the perfect backdrop for this discussion prompting much curiosity about the juxtaposition of new and old and the use of reclaimed materials in both art and architecture.


During the event, my photography studio was open for people to get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the original pieces I photograph as well as a variety of finished works framed and at full scale.

Our busy summer at the ArtBase will not end with the season! Expect the energy to continue into the fall with new exhibitions and, for members only, the next Artist Talk!

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10 Key Home Decorating Tips: #6 Color & the 60/30/10 Rule

July 30, 2019

Color, color, color - so much to cover when considering color and decor! Within this blog series, 10 Key Home Decorating Tips, we’ve determined which colors work well together, chosen a palette and created a plan for transitioning that palette from room to room within your home

Now I’m ready to share one last important color tip that will help ensure each of your individual rooms look balanced. Simple yet effective, it’s the 60/30/10 rule. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? With your room atmosphere choices in hand, apply the rule as follows: use 60% of your primary color, 30% of your secondary color and 10% of your accent color(s).

Let’s jump right to some pictures to illustrate this concept. Notice how this powder room by Studio Black Interiors not only contains beautiful tile and cabinetry but is simply and naturally pleasing to look at. This room  follows the 60/30/10 rule: 60% gray, 30% brown, 10% white.

(Image from Studio Black Interiors)

This room, found on Vida + Luz, also follows the rule with 60% white, 30% dark teal and 10% brown. Extremely harmonious!

(Image from Vida + Luz)

Now if you are concerned that this rule is too limiting, be assured that it is a foundational guideline; a starting point, not an ending point. Slight deviations can actually enhance the rule. Take the below image by Jessi Eve Interior Styling + Design for example. White is used for approximately 60% of the space and its contents, brown for 30% and blue and burgundy for 10%. Again, an aesthetically balanced look but with some variations. For one, different shades of brown are used (floor, stools, sofa etc), and for another, there are two accent colors making up the 10% instead of just one. Both deviations are perfectly acceptable!

(Image from Jessi Eve Interior Styling + Design)

Trust and have fun experimenting with the 60/30/10 rule. I think you’ll love the results! 

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10 Key Home Decorating Tips: #5 Color transition

May 28, 2019

If you’ve read my last two blogs, the first about atmosphere, style and inspiration and the second about color, you have by now laid the groundwork for creating an aesthetic transition of color throughout your home. I have found that a bit of variety from room to room produces the best results. As an example, take a look at the picture below. Though this is a beautiful room, replicating navy walls and orange accents throughout your entire home may quickly cause decor fatigue. There is a different way.
(Image from

Review your palette

Let’s map out how you might take the colors in this room and use them to connect one room to another. Following the formula discussed in 10 Key Home Decorating Tips: #4 COLOR here’s a likely palette for this “blue room”:
  • 1 saturated color: navy
  • 1 neighbor to your saturated color: one shade up from navy
  • 1 accent color: orange
  • 1 white: alabaster white
  • 1 neutral: chocolate

Review your atmosphere choices

With this palette in mind we next review our atmosphere choices for each room. Let’s say you’d like a classic/regal feeling living room, a kitchen that is lively and welcoming and bed/baths that are clean and peaceful. Pick your colors accordingly. Using our example palette above I would select...
  • Living room: emphasis on navy
  • Kitchen: emphasis on white with orange accents
  • Bed/baths: emphasis on white and neutral
If you need guidance when picking your colors, online resources abound! Here are a few:

Get the lay of the land and leave a trail of breadcrumbs

Now stand in what you think to be the most important room of your house - let’s say it’s the living room. From that location look around to see what adjacent rooms or hallways are in your line of vision. Perhaps you can see into a hallway or get a partial view of the kitchen. Instead of repeating your living room palette in all of those areas, deviate a bit as necessary based on the atmosphere you want to achieve in those locations.

To get more specific, let’s say the above “blue room” is your living room and from there you can see into the kitchen. Your goal of creating a lively kitchen requires something different - different yet cohesive. I would recommend using the white from the living room carpet or chairs as the kitchen wall and trim color, bright orange as the primary accent (barstools or dishes or fixtures) and navy as the secondary accents (utensils or glassware or within a patterned backsplash). The palette neutral often transitions well on secondary furniture or flooring. A color scheme something like this room but with navy instead of aqua blue accents works very well:

(Image from

If, adjacent to the kitchen, you can see into a hallway or wash closet, revisit your atmosphere choice for those areas and continue the trail of breadcrumbs. To create a clean and peaceful ambience focus on the white or neutral colors from your palette, nix or minimize the bright pops, and accent with your saturated color and/or it’s neighbor.

(Image from Room & Board)

Each of these rooms tie together nicely with color; do keep in mind the added task of keeping your style streamlined, which these particular images do not do. For more information on style visit my December blog. For one last extremely helpful tip on color stay tuned for my next blog that discusses the Rule of 60-30-10!

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