coffee + cre8tive [mar 10 '06]

I'm inspired by a dear friend, Lisa Occhipinti, and her artwork. Lisa is a talented artist with a real passion for design and painting, a person that I really admire. She's currently working on a collection for the new addition that we've added to our space consisting of 6 paintings, and I simply cannot wait until they're ready and then, installed.

As a mixed media artist, she includes collage elements of images and text along with color applied in glazes to create a rich layered surface that follows somewhat of a story, or a history of ideas, as she says. Each painting will have a theme, and here are the ones I've chosen for this commission: fashion, travel, architecture + interior design, writing, forest and finally, ocean.

Lisa is a very dear person to me, and having developed our friendship slowly over the years, I am at a point in our relationship where I'm certain we will always remain good friends. I'm inspired by her great fashion sense, her contagious laughter, her gift of gab. Lisa loves shoes, Anthropologie, and spontaneity. I also love her design sense, her condo is intoxicating in fresh lime and red, with lovely neutrals and lots of texture everywhere from textiles to faux fur throws.

You can view some of her stunning work online, or if you're ever in the Boston area, you can view her collection up close and personal at Jules Place in the South End.

(photo from Jules Place and a special thanks to Lisa Occhipinti.)