Artist Spotlight – Wayne Pate

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You know when you keep seeing something or being drawn to something that it is a sign that it is “speaking to you”. Well…that’s the way I feel about the artwork of Wayne Pate.

Classical and whimsical at the same time, there is a Matisse-like vibe to his artwork that just pulls me in. Originally from Texas (you gotta love those Texans), he has lived in New York since the 1990’s, and currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife, fashion designer, Rebecca Taylor, and their 3 daughters.

Largely self taught, Pate begins his work in his sketchbook, concentrating on lines and imbuing his work with a sense of movement. A favorite of interior designers and collectors, you may have seen his work in Lonny, various galleries or One Kings Lane, which is where I picked up 2 of his pieces (Tulips and Garden Scene, No 1).Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.07.39 PM wayne_pate_studio_tour_painting Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.01.48 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.02.05 PM Screen Shot 2017-02-05 at 9.02.20 PM

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Here’s to an artful week ahead!

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Friday Flowers – The Flower Guy

Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 9.59.30 PMDid you happen to notice some Springtime blooms adorning the latest J.Crew catalog? I’m completely charmed by them and wanted to learn more.

Two years ago, Michael De Feo, aka @theflowerguy, decided to doctor a J. Crew ad at a bus stop in NYC and instagram it. He thought they would be upset. J.Crew regrammed it. And, then….they invited him to collaborate with them on their latest collection. Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.04.05 PMThe ad that started it all.Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.12.26 PMScreen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.12.41 PMScreen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.15.26 PMThumbScreen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.04.21 PM Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.05.01 PM

Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.05.25 PMAnother lesson in following your heart, even when everyone else might think it’s crazy. Here’s to the artists…they see things where the rest of us don’t!

Wishing you flowers where you don’t expect them and a very happy weekend ahead!

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Artist Spotlight – Laura Park

ferrisbueller40x401700With the pending political news of the week, I thought we could all use with a bright spot. The abstract floral artwork of Laura Park breaths color and life into any space.

Laura set out to be an elementary school teacher long before painting, but her interior design interests took over when she opened her retail space, Laura Park Interiors, in Charlotte, NC. Now painting full time, Laura’s playful style seems to harken back to her days as a teacher, yet her sophisticated colors and abstract visions definitely take on a more learned approach as she explores a wide variety of still life’s and color studies.jespersen jpeg-1 longstreeti30x301200amyvermillioninteriorssummermorning48x482200Laura’s artwork is so pretty and calming…I need more wall space!

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