For an artist, creativity never ceases. My mind is constantly inundated with ideas, and my vision extends beyond the edge of the canvas each and every day, Perhaps it is the artist’s curse, but I can’t help but visualize where my paintings might end up hanging. Whenever I walk into a beautiful office or home, I often think of what might be the perfect fit for the location. After many years designing and creating space defining collections for some of the world’s most dramatic interiors, I know that the right painting, created for the right room, can literally transform a space. Like my longtime friend, host of NBC’s Entertainment Tonight, Mary Hart, said about the recently commissioned painting for the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, MT, “It was a thrill walking into the lobby of the Warren Miller Lodge to see after all these years there was finally perfect balance. Cold Air – Deep Powder sets the tone for the whole Club; better than we could ever imagined. It brought tears to my eyes.” This result has become the ultimate goal of each and every art installation created.
I encourage all of us to view our environments with a fresh eye. Identify all of the primary, secondary and tertiary focal points in your home and office, and ask yourself if you have the best work for that specific space; and if not, change it. It WILL transform the room and everyone's experience of it!
Mingi Salaams, John Banovich – 2013