Notes from the Field: Pretty as a Portrait

February 28, 2011

By Karin Lidbeck Brent

In today's modern home, a painted portrait is not as common a sight as it once was. My home, however, is an exception because my husband is a portrait painter. Portraits on canvas can breathe life into a room and create a timeless presence within. Art is always the element I am most attracted to in any home. Occasionally, during my scouting journeys, I may enter a room where a painted portrait hangs; it always commands the space. I love the surprise of a historic portrait in this modern room; the contrast is very exciting.

Architecture by Burr and McCallum Architects

A classic contemporary portrait of children is a centerpiece to a family room that never grows old.

Architecture by Sally Weston

Interior designer Ingrid Geiffert uses a roundup of portraits collected at various flea markets to create a surprising collection above a workspace.

 

 

And I can't help but mention a favorite painting of mine: my son, Skylar Brent, painted by my husband, artist Michael Brent.

 

 By Karin Lidbeck Brent