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Recently, I was asked to provide some advice for collaborating with clients by Interior Designer, Maureen Stevens.  Included here is info that I shared with her!

As an Artist who has delighted in personalizing my own living space for many years, I’ve discovered that adding unique and personal items to my home truly been satisfying.  Often times, I have added touches of texture and color through original artwork and sculpture. As a result, I find that I am surrounded by memories of special excursions, past travels and a living space that is both personal and unique to me.  I find this to be deeply satisfying and comforting.

Oddly, it wasn’t till I was in my early 40’s till I discovered an interest in painting which ultimately evolved into establishing myself as a local Artist in Austin, TX.  Over time, I began working with collectors to collaborate together in providing original paintings to reflect their interests, color schemes and design interests.  Often, I’ve worked with individuals and couples when celebrating a special event…an upcoming marriage, the recent birth of a baby, a new home, or a painting depicting past travel experiences.

I have found that the collaboration works best when time is set aside to look at the space together.  With this, I have a sense of the design objectives, clues as to the color scheme of the space, and a feel for the space.  Providing photos of favorite images, whether it is other paintings, travel photos, paint chips or a design board, is always helpful.

Some months ago I was asked to provide paintings for Anthropologie.com.  With this opportunity, I envisioned what I believed would be bring a unique style and color palette to other’s homes. I am fascinated by color and I love the use of texture…and I am pleased that the framed canvas prints found on Anthropologie.com retain that quality.

The experiences I have shared with others from these collaborations have reinforced my own belief in investing in unique artwork.  Time and time again, collectors have expressed gratitude and satisfaction with having a distinctive and authentic living space.  Their living space reflects themselves as individuals or a couple’s shared interest and an authentic style that is unique to them.

-Dawn

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