By Lucy Nalen, Social Media Manager & Content Writer
For the 7th installment of our Customer Spotlight series, I sat down with Brooke Spears to talk about three of Carson's pieces that she has in her gorgeous home.
Brooke studied studio art and art history at the University of Richmond before joining Leslie Stephens Design, an interior design firm based in Richmond. The firm’s work can be seen online at www.lesliestephensdesign.com. (Stay tuned: images of their current projects will be added to the online portfolio this summer.)
Lucy: Brooke, you put one of Carson's nudes in your entryway. Can you talk about this design decision?
Brooke: As an art major, you study and draw the nude male and female forms on a weekly basis. After the initial reaction of slight embarrassment for all parties involved, you soon begin to view your subject as a series of delicate shapes, colors, and graceful lines. You grow accustomed to holding your pencil up in front of you, and closing one eye, which allows you to measure the distance between the figure’s ankle and knee.
The first time I saw one of Carson’s nude studies, I was fascinated by her unique take on the nude female form. Her interpretation is not only extremely tasteful, but it also appears to be effortless on her part, which only adds to the viewer’s appreciation of her work. I didn’t hesitate to hang her painting in my foyer. I think her studies of the female form are equally appropriate in both public and private rooms of a home, so why not allow everyone to enjoy it too?
Lucy: I love that you are trying out different locations for the peony painting! That's the great thing about art, isn't it? Would you tell us about acquiring this piece?
Brooke: My birthday was around the corner, and I decided that all I wanted was one of Carson’s original landscapes or floral paintings to add to my growing collection. My family pitched in and bought me this gorgeous peony painting, which currently travels back and forth between my mantle and living room wall. I grow peonies in my garden, and although I find them to be one of the most beautiful flowers, their beauty is fleeting. My peony painting has allowed me to enjoy “fresh flowers” in my home throughout the year
Lucy: Last but not least, you have one of Carson't oysters hanging over your stove top. Can you tell us a little bit about this one?
Brooke: I absolutely love my oyster painting! This was my very first painting of Carson’s and without fail, I smile every time it catches my eye. Since it hangs on the tile back splash above my stove, I’ve encased it in an acrylic box frame. Nowadays, the kitchen is the heart of the home and I’m fortunate enough to be able to enjoy this little gem of a painting at the beginning and end of my day.
Lucy: Your home is fabulous! Thank you for taking the time to talk art with me.
Brooke: It was my pleasure!