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Decorating really is my first love. I‘ve been pushing furniture since Curious George. When I was adding some press to my biography I laughed out loud reading how wonderfully chic it all sounds. Studying art and antiques in Paris is true. But what is not mentioned is that I was there searching for a Jean Pierre and dreamt of painting everyday on the Seine. Instead the only thing I came home with was a few extra pounds and canvases of fire hydrants and hairy women. I have been decorating for almost eighteen years. So it is very easy to write a bio on me or any decorator for that matter. But what does “mixing eras boldly really mean”? Listing all my press, sprinkling some awards here and there, dropping a name or two, makes look and sound impossibly important. I guess that is the goal in any profession. Recognition is what we all crave. I do on a daily basis.

The truth is that I love houses but cherish homes even more. There is a great big world out there for designers, students, writers, shop owners, architects, builders and craftsmen and there is room for everyone to grow and learn. How lucky we are!

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Wayne Thiebaud (1920), American painter whose famous works of art are cakes, pastries, boots, toilets, toys and lipsticks. He is associated with the Pop art movement because of his interest in objects of mass culture, although his works, executed during the 50’s and 60’s, slightly predate the works of the other pop artists. He is also associated with the New Realism and the Bay Area Figurative Movements. Thiebaud uses heavy pigment and exaggerated colors to depict his subjects, and the well-defined shadows, characteristic of advertisements, are almost always included in his work.

Although he was born in Arizona, his roots are in California. He apprenticed with Walt Disney Studios. Thiebaud studied at San Jose State College and Sacramento State College. He subsequently began teaching at Sacramento City College and UC Davis, where he influenced numerous art students. Allan Stone, his art dealer, said “ I have had the pleasure of a friendship with a complex and talented man , a terrific teacher and cook, the best raconteur in the west with a spin serve, and a great painter whose magical touch is exceeded only by his genuine modesty and humility. Thiebaud’s dedication to painting and his pursuit of excellence inspire all who are lucky enough to come in contact with him”.After Stone’s death, Thiebaud’s son Paul (1960-2010) became his art dealer in Manhattan and San Francisco.

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