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The Artful Home

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“Grand View” by Paul Schulenburg, commissioned by John Fulkerson for his wife, Mary Ann Miles.

Much of the activity driving art purchases involves choosing a piece as a gift or to commemorate a significant event. Scott Chapman observes, “Someone buying a piece of art for a loved one is the most beautiful gifts and watching the process reveals how the buyer feels about the special person. It’s not about how the recipient might feel about the art—the real gift is the recognition of how the buyer feels about the recipient.”

Helen Addison, who frequently arranges commissioned pieces for clients, says milestones in people’s lives become more personal when recognized with a piece of art specific to the event. She has seen everything from a favorite view from a summer home to a “live” painting from a wedding reception become a special and truly unique piece.

Chris Quidley reflects, “Over the years, I have had so much fun helping my clients pull off a surprise for a loved one. Birthdays, anniversaries and celebration of a clean bill of health have all been used as excuses to acquire a special piece. Recently we set a certain piece in a window as part of a wedding proposal that will soon hang in the newlyweds’ home.”

When deciding whether or not to buy a piece of art and take it home, Julia O’Malley-Keyes suggests asking, “Can you live with this piece? Are you going to enjoy it on a daily basis? Will you see something new every time you pass by it? Will it trigger memories of happy times? It shouldn’t be a difficult decision; it should be a pleasant process.”

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