Living with Art

I’m really pleased when people tell me they enjoy living with my art. So, at times I’ll post images of my clients and friends with my paintings.

Here’s Diane Collier (AIA) with a painting from my “Emergent Series,” a body of work that explores and captures interesting people and faces that fascinate me. This one is titled “Finding Malcolm Gladwell,” and hangs in her very contemporary townhouse.

Painting: “Emergent Series: Finding Malcolm Gladwell” | oil on canvas | | 72″ x 60″ | Collier Private Collection  (photo: Brenda Gail |

Tary Arterburn, landscape architect and co-founder of Studio Outside, and Diane relax together in her living room with “Malcolm G.,” author of Outliers and The Tipping Point, and other recognizable faces like that of William Dafoe and Winston Churchill.

Diane and Tary in living room with “Emergent Series: Finding Malcolm Gladwell” (photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

Another work from the “Emergent Series” hangs in the Ernst’s Carrollton home which overlooks a beautiful lake. Warren and Susan stand before “Finding Philip Glass.” Besides composer “Philip G.,” one of the faces I drew in this composition belongs to Henry Lewis Gates, MacArthur Fellow, Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research at Harvard University. Dr. Gates peeks over their shoulders.

Painting: “Emergent Series: Finding Philip Glass” | acrylic on board | 49″ x 25″ | Ernst Family Private Collection (photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

And then, there are commercial uses for my paintings. For the first official photo of Jan Blackmon (FAIA), the new Executive Director of the AIA Dallas Chapter, my paintings were used on the set for her photo shoot.

Photo shoot set for newly appointed Director of AIA Dallas Chapter: Painting: “Yo Yo Ma: Proven Axel Path” | acrylic on canvas | 46″ x 45″ (photo: Brenda Gail |

To wrap up today’s post, Gus Hinojosa (AIA), Principle at Hinojosa Architects and Interior Design, commissioned me to create large paintings for a Dallas Bank’s Board Room. When the bank moved their corporate headquarters from North Dallas to Uptown, the CFO hired Gus and his firm to design the new offices. Gus, his team and the bank were all part of the review process, looking at preliminary studies and approving the final concept. In the end, the bank owns original art that was made specifically for this very public space, the executives and their visitors.

Painting: “Aerial” | acrylic on canvas (2012) | 48” x 60”
One of two paintings in the Board Room at a Dallas Bank’s Corporate Headquarters
Architect: Hinojosa Architecture and Interior Design
(photo: Meg Fitzpatrick)

For those of you who live with my art, please send me JPEG images. I’ll use them in future posts.

…until Sunday, May 6th.

Random Experiments – Why Not?

"One Broad Stroke" Aluminum metallic and red house paint (16-1/2” x 24” framed) | SOLD Impastato Collection

Could I load my paint brush and make one continuous line across the surface? That’s one of the questions that led to this study. The answer: Rarely made it. But, as in most of my random experiments, it doesn’t matter because I like the accidents – the puddle on the edges and endpoints, especially those marks left by the runny/ high viscosity aluminum paint which are beautiful and glitter when light hits them. I was also thinking a lot about house paint and wondering why the cigarette-smoking, hard-drinking Abstract Expressionists flocked to this medium. My answer after spending hours with it? Freedom, with a capital “F.” I felt freed by the size of the paint cans (no petite palm-sized tubes), the immediate readiness (no mixing with a solvent or other medium), the guaranteed color (no need for color recipe charts) and Sherwin Williams prices (so much lower than artist grade materials).

Being open to ideas and experimenting with materials as a way of life? Why not.

PS: This experimental painting has a new home in the collection of a local landscape architect who attended last Wednesday’s Dallas Center for Architecture blow-out annual party, “Rockitecture,” at the always cool Filter House on White Rock Lake spillway.

PPS: I’m skipping next Sunday’s blog post. Talk to you in two weeks.