How to work with an artist

FROM PHOTO TO FINISHED:  When working with an artist on a commissioned painting, like the one above, get involved while the piece evolves from the inspiration photo to rough sketch to finished piece. (Photos by Stacy Barter)
FROM PHOTO TO FINISHED:  When working with an artist on a commissioned painting, like the one above, get involved while the piece evolves from the inspiration photo to rough sketch to finished piece. (Photos by Stacy Barter)

My husband and I agree on many aspects of home decor, but artwork isn’t one of them. He likes modern abstracts. I like traditional oils. So rather than try to find a piece we both agree on, which would pretty much leave us with bare walls, we take turns.

The last piece we purchased was from an artist he chose, so the next piece was mine. I knew just who the artist would be.

A classically trained painter who has taught painting all over the world, Stacy Barter also happens to be a neighbor. Every December, I attend the open studio sale she hosts at her home. I also try to stop by her booth at local art shows. Every time, I say “someday.”

Someday, when I see that perfect combination of subject matter, size and price tag converge at a moment when I can also justify a splurge; that is when we aren’t replacing the roof (cough) or putting in new landscape (choke).