I would like to continue on the subject of painted furniture. Morey indicated that she was inspired by Martha Stewart. My personal inspiration was Mary Engelbreit and McKenzie Childs. I’m one that loves the sophistication along with a touch or two of Whimsey, well maybe a whole lot of whimsey with a touch of sophistication. I discovered the art of stenciling on 1988 and started playing around with painted furniture in the early 90’s and my favorite thing to paint was our chairs! I feel that you can give any item personality or work with the natural charm of the piece of furniture.
Once I started painting chairs it was totally addictive! I couldn’t stop painting or stop buying them. At one point I had 35 chairs waiting in my warehouse (it was a hell of a yard sale). Most of the time when I start a project, I hadn’t exactly figured out the entire design layout ahead of time. It usually took on a personality of its own and the ideas just keep coming.
As you can see in my work I love to layer patterns, designs and incorporate a lot of colors and create something fun. I believe the layering of pattern, colors and design adds a lot of depth to your painting. It also allows you to mix and match different styles of a pattern. Mixing fun, whimsey patterns with sophisticated design elements.
Painting furniture is one of my “true” loves. I recently started looking through the warehouse to see what there was left around to still paint, feeling the need to be creative with a piece of furniture. Hope that my “funky” style inspires you to create something for your home!