Attending art shows and gallery openings with my parents from a very young age, I gained an early appreciation for the imagination of the artists. My mother is a lifelong painter and my dad was a sculptor. Together, they gave me much more than their love, work ethics, and zest for life.
Years later, I felt the need to create beautiful places for families to gather. I wanted them to find pleasure in warm, functional kitchens where they could not only prepare meals but also enjoy friendly discussions and share daily happenings.
For over thirty years, I have had the good fortune of helping clients do just that. Because so much of the communication among family members takes place in this vital area of the home, it has to be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. As I learned from much personal experience, the best time to communicate with children, especially teenagers, is during food preparation. While they are hungry, you have their undivided attention.
Also dear to my heart is historic preservation, so I have participated in several restoration projects, both residential and commercial. One such project was the kitchen used on the television show hosted by Justin Wilson, the Cajun Chef. The kitchen of his New Orleans residence - on the National Historical Registry - had to be set up in the living room for taping his cooking show and then relocated to the real kitchen and reinstalled.
As a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, my primary residential design focus has been on the kitchen, including the cabinetry, appliances, counter surfaces, plumbing, and all the little details that personalize the space. But I have also designed many bathrooms, wet bars, butler's pantries, summer kitchens, libraries, and closets. Moreover, I have also been commissioned to design several retail stores that showcase kitchen and bath products.
I thoroughly enjoy giving my utmost to designing kitchens and other living spaces that enhance the family's quality of life. For this reason, mine are custom designs, not computer-generated layouts. Throughout the design and installation phases, I collaborate with my clients and/or their contractors to make sure their one-of-a-kind project runs as smoothly as possible.
The personal gratification I feel when my work is appreciated by others for its beauty is wonderful. However, when my clients tell me, after using the room I created for some time, that it not only functions like I had imagined but also that it continues to give them pleasure, that is when I feel like an artist.