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Finding the Heart in Art 

By Marlissa Gardner

Summer is here and as this great publication turns its focus to the happiness that pets bring to our lives, I turn to the topic of how art can bring “heart” to who we are and how we live our lives.

A lot of emphasis in art is placed on value. It is certainly something I focus very clearly on when I work closely with my clients. But it’s not just the financial value that is important to them, it is also the emotion that art brings to their lives. In our discussions, it is a privilege to listen to the stories and memories of a landscape, a street scene, a family memory, or the joy that nature and animals provide in their lives. When building a collection and deciding what art to keep and what to monetize, it is so important to get to the root of joy and meaning in life.

Artists throughout the ages have often turned to animals and their pets as a source of inspiration as they sought to reflect on their relationships. Pablo Picasso was one such notable artist who was remembered for his love of animals, particularly dogs. He tended to “borrow” dogs from friends and acquaintances. It was one such encounter that stole Picasso's heart: that of a Dachshund named Lump (a German word meaning “rascal”). Picasso drew inspiration from his Dachshund, depicting the dog in quick, stylized sketches, as well as including it in a number of his famed interpretations of Las Meninas by Velásquez.

At Emillions Art, our artist Mara Sfara has produced iconic images of animals of personal value, from dogs to horses. One personal highlight of our hugely successful Master’s Show in February of this year, was the appearance of original artworks from Andy Warhol. Our colleague and art dealer, John De Luca, provided pieces from Warhol’s iconic sketches 25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Pussy, showcasing the artist's fascination with cats.

One thing I know about Naples and our community is that it has “heart.” Our animals and pets bring such value to our lives, as does art and the great artists that have helped bring joy through their talent and heart.

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  • Marlissa Gardner