Art || 17 Artists to Know
NOTE: This post was updated on 2/27/2018 because so many readers and friends ask me about purchasing art for their homes. I have updated some artists and websites. Enjoy!!
It is exciting to be able to reach out to artists directly in today's world. Many artists nowadays have their own websites where they sell their works directly so you no longer have to go through a gallery, which can be intimidating and expensive. All of this makes it so much easier to own original artworks. Many of these artists even love getting commissions. You can send them photographs of the space you are needing a painting for, the fabrics you have furniture upholstered with, and they will come up with a beautiful design just for you. In my opinion, original works make your walls come alive. Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of prints around my house (you all know The Aestate and The Pink Pagoda are my favorites in this category), but I do love my little original art collection.
I have a running list of favorite artists that sell their original pieces and today I want to share with you my favorite seventeen sources for original art. Let's start with Kerri Rosenthal (work above). You may know her best for her hearts and flowers, but this abstract is sensational. Her work is happy and friendly and so easy to incorporate in a pretty space. She now has all sorts of prints and even furniture, but you can always commission one of her famed drippy hearts.
A new favorite is Angela Chrusciaki Blehm. I adore her sculptural wooden pieces like the one below. I have one in my dining room and EVERYONE and I mean EVERYONE comments on it. Look at this fabulous one she currently has for sale.
Geegee Collins' work is also totally fabulous. I have one of her works on paper in my office and it just makes me so happy to see it everyday. Her current work includes some nudes that I find fascinating.
Next up is the very talented Kerry Steele. She has a great portfolio of abstract pieces and she also does beautiful nudes #EveryoneNeedsANude.
This ethereal beauty is by Lindsey Meyer. Her pieces are light and ethereal. She uses lovely color combinations.
I just love Lulie Wallace's flowers and tablescape scenes. Her color choices are bold and fun. The attention to details just make her pieces so vibrant.
Here is one of her lovely nudes.
This bold piece is by the super talented Stephanie Lessing from Le Petit Atelier de Nana. Her pieces finish a room with a bang. If you are not afraid of color you need to see her other works.
These other dramatic and fabulous faces by Hayley Mitchell are sensational. She has prints in her shop but have seen interior makeovers like this fabulous one with originals. And you have to see the one we commissioned for my daughter's room here. SO FABULOUS!!! The more I live with it the more I love it!
I adore Susie Bettenhausen's style...it's light and breezy. We have one of her paintings in my daughter's room.
I have been coveting Michelle Armas' art since I learned of her work many years ago. This piece below is perfection.
This fun piece by Leslie Weaver was a recent find. I love her playfulness and colors. Nothing like a Carmen Miranda type lady to spice things up.
That is it for my round-up today. I would so gladly take one from each!! I hope you liked them. Do you have any other artists I should know about? And artists love commissions, so even if you don't see anything for sale currently on their websites, if you like their style email them! They will be so happy to chat with you and work on something you will cherish.