Interior Designer, Julie Ann Segal, Comments on Howard Behrens' artwork "Barriers Against the Reef"
Our expert, Julie Ann Segal, from Metropolitan Interiors reviews one of her favorite artwork pieces by artist Howard Behrens' piece "Barriers Against the Reef".
Julie Ann felt that by including a person in the piece, Behrens gives it a feeling that can not be achieved without introducing a human element. Incorporating a person climbing the rocks illustrates adventure and peacefulness. It brings the viewer into the artwork and makes them visualize themselves in that moment. The waves crashing again the rocks and the smell of the ocean is brought to life. The rich colors and shadow details really makes the piece unique and realistic.
Behrens expresses shadow, light, and color. These elements convey his passion for the sun's gifts. He learned that the only way he can truly obtain what he feels in his paintings is to create them using a palette knife. A palette knife allows for boldness and control of color. Using the palette knife, Behrens can capture not only the softness of clouds, but also the strength of water as seen in the "Barriers Against the Reef" piece. To produce rich colors along with dimension and mood, he applies deep color in many layers.
About Howard Behrens:
Howard Behrens was born in Chicago. He graduated with a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of Maryland. Howard Behren is considered the world's most renowned palette knife artist. His motivation comes from a passion to capture the essence of the places he visits around the world. Behrens has taken part in 150 one-man shows from coast-to-coast since becoming a professional artist in 1980. His works have been on the covers of many art publications. Behrens also has been the featured subject of numerous magazines and newspapers.
About Metropolitan Interiors:
Metropolitan Interiors is the top interior design firm in Minneapolis established in 1992.
Julie Ann Segal, president of Metropolitan Interiors, is known for her deep commitment to providing her clients with state of the art design. Always on the cutting edge, Julie Ann's dynamic approach is to utilize all resources within her reach. Ecclectic to classic, modern to traditional... there is nothing she and her team will not do to create that "wow factor" that has exceeded her clients' expectations for over two decades. From residential to commercial, Metropolitan Interiors creations have been showcased throughout the Twin Cities. Trustworthy and dedicated, Julie Ann values the relationships she has formed with her clients and strives to design the homes and businesses of their dreams.
As a Feng Shui consultant, Julie Ann infuses the elements of this ancient art into all her design endeavors, revealing environments rich in comfort, beauty, balance and harmony.
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Julie Ann Segal’s deep love of all things aesthetic and the desire to create spaces that not only look good, but feel good, was the foundation for starting Metropolitan Interiors in 1992.