Scott Arthur Yerkey is renowned for creating timeless designs. When Scott Arthur Yerkey showed his clients of 19 years the richly-layered textured oils created by Tracy Lynn Pristas, they were impressed. They immediately wanted one to replace an antique oriental screen in their grand living room. Using the foundation of the existing interior design and color palette, Pristas created a 60 x 60 contemporary, abstract oil painting specifically for Scott’s clients. Tracy wanted a suitable title for the painting that would capture the regal qualities portrayed in the finished oil painting. She found the perfect title: One Charmed Whisper.
The objective of this project was to upgrade the previously-designed interior with contemporary accents. The smartest way for the designer to accomplish this was to enlist an artist who was accustomed to creating site-specific artwork. It was critical that the composition, color palette, style, amount of texture and size of the painting unify the overall existing decor. The challenge for the artist was to produce a distinctive painting with a contemporary feel, while assimilating the unique characteristics of the existing design. The artist referenced her previous paintings that the homeowners favored as a rough motif map to develop the key ingredients of the painting. To keep the painting contemporary, the designer chose to leave the painting unframed. The locally-built custom canvas with a two inch edge was professionally finished with three coats of paint. The designer wanted every detail to be in harmony, even deciding what the edge color would be and having the artist color-match it.
In a preliminary meeting between Scott and his client, Scott showed his client TracyÊ¼s paintings available on painterpristas.com. The client selected paintings she admired. They discussed a possible color palette and size for the painting. Scott emailed Tracy images of the clientÊ¼s interior and asked her thoughts on creating a commissioned oil painting to replace the antique oriental screen. He also appraised her of other updates for the interior. Artist and designer joined forces to shape the project. A purchase order detailing the project and fabric samples for color inspiration were mailed out to the artist. Artist kept designer in the loop by sending images of the painting’s organic progression. For a successful collaboration, all parties involved have to listen and communicate clearly with each other. For the artist, making a commissioned painting requires two contrasting forms of brainpower: The largeness of vision to pull the unknown images from the ether, and the ability to follow the specifications of the project. When the artist has the designerÊ¼s trust, the artist can bring that project fully and carefully into a beautiful, focused form.
The client was extremely pleased with the large-scale oil painting. She felt that it did exactly what the designer envisioned. The painting established a modern upgrade and pulled together flawlessly all the aspects of her grand living room. With all the present technology now available, clients can have a commissioned painting created by an artist in any state. In this case, the artist resides near Denver, while the designer is in either Chicago or Palm Desert (depending on the season).
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