home & heART: Your Home is Your Personal Museum

Many people use art to brighten up their homes— to add color where needed, to diversify a scheme or theme of a room. or to simply add something that reminds us to be content... maybe even happy. Rosemary Steinbeck chose Pat Abernathy's "The Bright Side" to bring something special to her home. Read on to find out more... 

What drew you to this piece?
This piece is alive! I fell in love with it instantly when Vivian (who knows my tastes well) sent pictures of Pat's paintings to my phone. I purchased it before I actually even saw it in person. What drew me to this piece? It is vibrant and vivid in color and depth. I could also identify with the room in the painting as being a place I would choose to create. I love everything about it!

What emotions does it illicit?
Emotions that this piece elicits for me are feelings of warmth, comfort, contentment. There's also something special about the beauty in combining a human creation (the room) with God's creation (the flowers). Any time I see hydrangeas, I think of my childhood best friend's grandmother's house. I was forever in awe of the massive blue and white hydrangeas surrounding her Southern home. You've gotta love something that can take you back to the carefree days of your childhood.

How do you choose where you put art in your home?
For me, that question is an easy one. If the wall is blank, bring it to life with something special. I believe in getting rid of everything on your shelves and in your home that doesn't absolutely speak to you and then filling those shelves and spaces with things that do. For me, that's books and art. If I follow that premise, whatever I purchase will blend, and the right space will be apparent.

Why is collecting art important?
Art is timeless and enduring. It tells others who have the insight to see it so much about your personality, who you are, what you love, how you see yourself, or where you come from. There's good reason there are so many museums in the world to preserve and showcase art. Your home is your personal museum. And, unlike your popcorn ceiling or your laminate countertops, if you have been true to yourself and chosen correctly, your art will never be dated or go out of style.

What advice do you have for people looking to buy art for their homes?
There is no right or wrong. Listen to your heart and be open to the emotion.

 

"The Bright Side" by Pat Abernathy hangs in the home of Oxonian Rosemary Steinbeck. The flowers, specifically the hydrangeas, reminded Steinbeck of her childhood best friend's grandmother's home. 

"The Bright Side" by Pat Abernathy hangs in the home of Oxonian Rosemary Steinbeck. The flowers, specifically the hydrangeas, reminded Steinbeck of her childhood best friend's grandmother's home.