Herb Albert…another side to a great artist

I’ve always been inspired by the work of other artists in their field, even though it may be very different than my own of interior design.  One such artist, I recently discovered, totally surprised me! The legendary Herb Albert of musical fame is a very talented and prolific Herb-Albert-totemfine artist.  He has created these wonderful totems with inspiration from the tribal totems of the Pacific Northwest.  If you happen to be in NYC, check them out for yourself in Dante Park.  If not, follow the link over to his website and see his paintings and his totems! Link to Herb Albert’s Website

Unexpected Connections

Every now and then in life, you meet someone new rather unexpectedly.  These can be wonderfully interesting chance meetings.  I recently had one of these when I went to an event for the members of the Contemporary Forum at the Phoenix Art Museum.  I had

Ancient Embellishments, Barbara Rogers

Ancient Embellishments, Barbara Rogers

found an empty spot to listen to that nights seminar and was getting settled when the person next to me and I started exchanging pleasantries about the day and the event.  That was short lived, as the seminar started up and we both turned our attention to it.  After it

concluded, we picked up the conversation again, but this time it was about that evening’s topic, “How to train an artist”  We shared many of the same ideas and understandings about what it means to make a living as an artist, me as an interior designer/artist and she as a fine arts painter.  It turned out I was chatting with Barbara Rogers from Tucson, Arizona!  What a

Cultural Alchemy 7, Barbara Rogers

Cultural Alchemy 7, Barbara Rogers

delightful person she was and what a fascinating career she has led.  You might have caught her work at the Tucscon Museum of Art where she was recently featured in an exhibition, Barbara Rogers: The Imperative of Beauty, A Fifty-Year Retrospective.  I’m so thrilled to have met her and wanted to share the richness of her work with you. If you didn’t get a chance to see her exhibition, you can see her work at her website:
Barbara Rogers Art and also at the Gebert Contemporary Gallery here in Scottsdale, AZ.  I really do enjoy being surpised by what life can give you at the most unexpected moments.

Bedroom Interior Design by Blue Desert Interiors showcasing Fornasetti wallpaper featured on Houzz.com


A wonderful inviting bedroom is brought to life with Southwest inspired modern design in copper, silver and chocolate colors with highlights of aqua by Arizona interior design firm, Blue Desert Interiors. We used a classic Fornasetti wallpaper design that ties the great southwest sun and color palette with his Italian style of irreverent illustration. At Houzz.com our room was featured in an article about this great artist; Modern Icons: Piero Fornasetti. To see another view of this amazing room on our website, click here.

Angela Ellsworth at Lisa Sette Gallery

Last night, Lisa Sette opened her show for Angela Ellsworth.  This is an interesting artist that for me hits close to home since her art reflects the complex relationship she shares with the faith she was raised in.  We differ slightly since I was raised Roman Catholic, while she was raised Mormon.  What I see in her work is the love-pain relationship personified in these bonnets through the medium she uses.  She recreates these beautiful bonnets out of pearl corsage pins, but the pins go through the material to the wearer of the bonnets.  I think how she has captured the beauty along with a reference to a medieval torture device is very moving on a spiritual level.  It’s definitely worth your time to experience her work in person.  You can see her work at the Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale right now.  You can also catch a current show at the Phoenix Art Museum through Jan. 22, 2012