Art collecting is a labor of love. As a curator and gallery owner, I absolutely love beautiful art and studying the process of master artists. I venture to share this love with my clients and to inspire in them a desire to curate for their own homes and offices. Many folks approach high art from a distance as if it were out of their league; and I daily work to change that mindset. Art is just as vital and intrinsic to daily life as good food. The human spirit thrives on beauty, color and wonder. Stellar art offers these qualities and more, making it a necessity in living a life filled with joy and verve.
My specialty is African art collecting, and I strongly feel that the genre poignantly expresses the life-giving properties of great art for both the artist and the viewer. In West Africa, where I lived and worked for many years, art is an integral part of everyday life. The whole family and community participate in art making regularly, whether it be visual, musical, or even culinary. The children are very early on given the freedom to express themselves artistically and often this serves a healing function when faced with systemic corruption and widespread poverty. Many of the artists in our Lagos collective are youth who utilize art as a pathway to empowerment and self sufficiency.