Home Is Where The Art Is

When Estero Bay is the inspiration

Inspired by the view from a wall of windows of a glistening Estero Bay, homeowners of this gorgeous Bonita Bay condominium worked with their interior designer, Christina Rosolia at Clive Daniel to create a modern home that could compete with, but not diminish the stunning vista. They chose a sea glass-toned 

custom mural for the dining room and used it as a jumping off point for a piece of artwork by Asheville, NC artist and family friend, Stephen St. Claire. 

Together, they create a cohesive, peaceful and thoughtful feel for the home. 

Christina provided Stephen with paint and fabric swatches and they discussed the homeowners art aesthetic. 

“First, I build up a textured background with modeling compound and gesso, then I cover the entire piece with reflective metallic leaf (aluminum leaf in this case),” says Stephen, whose son is a staff member at the homeowner’s church. They all vacationed at the homeowner’s Colorado home and wanted to return the kindness with a work of art.

 “The colorizing is all done with layer on layer of oil paint, then the finish is applied. They requested a high gloss finish, so I used a solar-resistant resin (Florida-safe), applied in five layers to cover all the texture to the point it left the final surface glassy smooth.”

The result is a gorgeous statement piece of art that stands sentinel in the foyer of the bright 19th floor condo. It’s not unusual for a homeowner to work with a favorite artist to create a bespoke piece that speaks to them as much as it speaks to their interior decor. 

“I do a lot of work with interior designers and homeowners who provide photos of the space and swatches they're using as the basis for the color scheme. If they want a landscape painting, they can look at my website and give me an idea of what they prefer, or provide a photo (one they've taken from their favorite vacation or one they find) and I'll use that as the inspiration for the painting,” explains Stephen.

The homeowners wanted an abstract so just provided color ideas and photos of abstract paintings they like. That lets me know the abstract styles they're attracted to, so I'll use those ideas as inspiration for my own piece.”


The property is currently on the market with Joe Pavich, Jr.
Realty World-J. Pavich Real Estate

Stephen St. Claire

Christina Rosolia, Interior Designer, Allied ASID

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