Art-What is it?

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”


One of the most personal aspects to your home is the artwork that you decide to live with.  Artwork, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and found objects, is truly something that can speak to your soul and move you to an emotion.

I am often asked by my clients, “What art should I be buying?”

Art, although a personal choice, is also, like other fine things or collectibles, a learned subject and you could spend a lifetime studying the subject.  Art is history.  It is a reflection of how mankind sees the world; what he believes to be true, and what the culture at the time believes to be of value. Having said this, what I suggest to clients is to start collecting photos of art that you are attracted to either from magazines, or from on-line sources.  Over time, this will reveal your art aesthetic.




Jennifer Bain considers her work to be “postmodern still-lives”.  They are a combination of paint and cut out Mylar forms and her larger works are rendered on Kaolin clay (a fresco-like) covered panels whose background is reminiscent of parchment and vellum.   Her art is whimsical, colorful and represents the natural world as she sees it.



St. Peter Sculpture

This sculpture of Saint Peter is 27.5”w x 15”d x 42”h. He was sculpted from Poplar wood, and made in Italy in the 16th century.  The sculptor is unknown, but it is a beautiful example of religious art from Italy.



Paola Paronetto, a ceramic artist from Italy, produces organic looking familiar shaped pieces from porcelain, paper, and/or clay.  Because they are completely handmade with a long complex procedure and vary in size and shape they are always different from one another, each piece is truly unique. The eventual differences are to be seen as an added value and prove their exclusiveness.

Kiff Slemmons is a contemporary American metal smith and performance artist.  Known for her work in paper she has collaborated with artisans from Arte Papel in Oaxaca, Mexico where the paper is cut, folded, inked, and wrapped to make jewelry. The majority of materials used in creating the paper jewelry are regionally grown in Mexico.  Her newest exhibit is done in all white.

Kiff Slemmons Art

Each of the pieces highlighted are available through Willetts Design & Associates, Inc.
Please contact us and let us help you find the right artwork for you!