Our services flow from the role of art match-maker, designer, buyer-advocate, project manager, curator and counselor, therefore each project and experience is unique depending on the client’s goals, desires and space.
Here are some of the ways we have worked with people to shape personal, professional and public spaces. In every case, our intension is to support our client in integrating original artwork that is personally inspiring and/or meaningful and relevent.
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Perfectly chosen pieces to make a home
This ‘PDX creative’ owns a well-kept classic mid-century home that sits amid the tees and ivy in a forest-like yard. He has carefully selected each object in his home and his great taste shows. We knew that each original piece would affect the whole space, we spent time with each work in his home.
We have helped this emerging collector discover & integrate two fabulous cornerstone pieces.
The first is a white on white, unique sculptural painting. It contributes texture, energy and interest without overpowering the dining area with too much color. He loves the work!
Almost a year later, he was ready to work on the primary living area wall. He spends a lot of time facing this wall while relaxing and therefore wanted a piece that would always hold his attention… One he would never tire of. From a design point of view, the piece should contribute color without forcing things off balance.
We spent time with several works. Each equally strong and interesting and each shaping the space in different way. Ultimately, he chose this vibrant, but understated textile-like painting. He loves the illustrative details, the layers and the color. The shape and scale is also intriguing.
Its been a pleasure to work with client to help realize his dream space.
Modern Coastal Residence
International collection for a Custom Residence
We worked in collaboration with the Boora Architecture team and the client / home-owner to identify and collect a body of works for a gorgeous residence being built on the Oregon coast. Using renderings and floor plans, images of the interior finishes, furnishings and objects, we helped curate an international collection of art.
Walls of windows and hand-crafted design details throughout the home informed the selection. We sought works that would contribute energy and personality without competing with other artistic elements. Panoramic ocean views to the west and dense, lush forest surrounding the rest of the home, inspired a nature theme and a desire for minimal color with the emphasis, instead, on form, materials and mood.
During the two+ year process of development and acquisition, we would present a selection of images at each meeting which spurred dialogue between all of the parties. We all shared opinions and insights about the art and its relationship to the architecture and experience of the home. Over time, relationships took shape and design themes and elements emerged which informed subsequent rounds of images and the selection of each piece of art.
With the architects holding the overarching vision – both inside and out, us bringing a range of thoughtful art considerations and fresh perspective and, of course, the clients informing the process with their taste and emotional responses to the work, it was a truly collaborative process. The result a stunning collection representing a diverse group of artists.
The largest and focal point piece, “Confrontation with Nature” by Jose Parla, was imported from his Italian studio, while “Wrestling with the Riddle no. 6″, a Madrone Burl-wood sculpture, is by German artist Christian Burchard who resides in Oregon. Cobi Cockburn’s “Riverline” was found at Portland’s own Bullseye Glass Gallery, although the artist is Australia. Other pieces collected include NY artist, George Boorujy’s illustrative work, “Salton Basin”, and Sarah Smith’s “In Metal”.
Kia & Rob
West Hills Portland, Oregon
Contemporary Art in a Classic Mid-Century
Rob and Kia wanted to bring more original artwork into their home when we were introduced by artist Michael Hensley.
The couple had restored their architecturally significant home and hoped to complement the classic design with fresh, contemporary works. They had several key areas in mind. With the clean lines and thoughtful attention to detail, the artwork needed to be just right.
Rob and Kia knew they wanted to own a Hensley piece, so we began by considering a selection of his works. “White Out”, a distressed steel and enamel piece with finely carved rusted illustrations was a perfect juxtaposition against the classic black baby grand piano. The work is captivating from a distance, and also offers the experience of discovery when you come close to examine the detailed cityscape along the bottom.
Throughout the home, we considered the views of nature & architectural woodwork as primary focal points we wanted to complement without over-shadowing. In the bedroom we expounded on the relation with nature with limited edition macro image of a locally found iris pedals. Mounted behind plexi, the piece is clean and elegant. It almost acts as another window in to the forest.
Fused glass works they fell in love with by another local artist play with the natural light in the entryway and bring life to the powder room in the middle of the house.
The works brings energy and the family’s personality into the gorgeous space.
West Hills Portland, Oregon
Triptych with a Twist
The Johnsons were searching for the perfect piece of art for their beautiful, light, bright living room. Mrs. Johnson envisioned a piece above the fireplace that they would really love. She also wanted something with color that is elegant and refined, while being light-hearted and not too stuffy.
She knew she would know the right piece when she saw it, so we began putting thoughtfully selected works in front of her. We looked at many images and pieces in person and in the space.
A piece entitled “Untitled Green (He Dreamed of Strawberry Figs)” turned out to he the perfect coming together of everything she desired. There was only one problem – the diptych did not have the width to hold the space.
We approached the artist, who was inspired & receptive to creating a third panel which would evolve the 30 x 48″ piece in to a 72″ wide triptych.
Things moved quickly from there and we were able to install the completed work in time for a previously scheduled party. The Johnsons are very happy with the beautiful new addition to the room.
Pearl District Portland, Oregon
String & Wooden Forms Installation
Dr. Laila Marie Noll relocated her growing chiropractic & wellness practice to Ziba Design’s new world headquarters building in NW Portland. With most of the build out & interior work complete, she shifted her focus to finding artwork that would tie the design elements together and positively affect the guest experience.
We were asked to address an open sitting area in the center of space where clients are encouraged to spend time relaxing. With a low hanging light and an off-center furniture arrangement the area invited an innovative solution.
We learned that Dr. Laila loves raw, natural, tactile materials. She also saw wood as an element of the solution. Other characteristics she sought were “soft, unique, minimal, textural and warm.”
We introduced Dr. Laila to several artistic voices. The work of an emerging local artist resonated strongly so we engaged the her in designing a piece for the space that excited her as a creator, as well as contributed to Dr. Laila’s vision in an inspiring way.
The installation took shape over the course of several design & material direction meetings with the client. The wood and string elements are hand-crafted by the artist who composed and installed them on site. The work travels over several walls, bring balance to the room and defining the open space.
South Waterfront Portland, Oregon
Extensive Original Art Package
In early 2010, we were engaged in a ‘parking lot to penthouse’ project in collaboration with the interiors team of Ankrom Moisan Architects and Pacific Retirement Services, Inc. Early in the process a vision that original artwork would be integrated in and throughout daily life in the 30 story condo Mirabella Portland tower took shape.
While similar buildings might spend their art budget on a few exclusive show pieces for the primary guest area (and supplement with reproduced commercial art in less public spaces), we hoped to create a home where residents would experience original art throughout the building in their day-to-day lives.
Our process for identifying and/or creating original artwork for over 300 potential spots that had been earmarked in the floor plans was dynamic and inclusive. There were a multiple stakeholder groups informing the art selection process, including the Developers, Architecture and interior teams, on-site project managers and, of course, the future residents.
The architecture and design group saw the art as having a nature theme, which would reinforce the buildings green Platnium LEED certification standing and relate with the lush South Waterfront location. All parties aligned on the vision to create a sophisticated, yet light-hearted experience when visiting, working or living in the building community.
We designed a series of meetings which engaged the future residents, including initial art ‘talks’ and feedback sessions and also included studio visits and an art tour with some of the artists contributing to the project.
During these sessions we learned that they wanted their retirement community to be luxurious, the did not want it to feel stuffy or static. They wanted the art to be as alive and engaging as they are. We used the list of key qualities and feedback gained from the talks to inform the artist and artwork selection.
From there, we worked with the interiors team and narrowed the talent down to a collection of 12 artists on whom we focused. Many artists were commissioned to create site specific or custom works inspired by the over-arching themes & vision. Working with a cohesive them and talent pool resulted in continuity throughout the building, as well as more meaningful artwork since many of the artists developed a personal relationship with the project, the area and the residents themselves.
The artists engaged were in various stages of their careers, which enabled us to help cultivate and include emerging talent as well as established, recognizable names. It also helped us stretch the art budget from the highly trafficked parking level up to the penthouse elevator lobbies.
The outcome of this unique and innovative approach is a lifestyle building that is filled with art, energy & stories. The permanent collection includes over 200 pieces of thoughtfully placed, authentically created original art.
Downtown Portland, Oregon
Meredith Dittmar Pieces From Her Istanbul Show
Pop Art, Inc is an award-winning interactive agency known for outside the box thinking and for bridging the gap between technology and user interface.
It is quite suiting that computer science major, now sculptor’s whimsical, graphic dioramas turned out to be their perfect art match when President Steve Rosenbaum came to us for work in the reception area of their SW Alder office.
Steve connected with a series the artist created for a solo gallery show in Istanbul. The body of work compliments the wall text and bold colors found throughout the office, and reinforce Pop Art’s catchy brand and innovative personality.
The collection of 3d pieces now greets Pop Art’s clients and employees coming and going each day.
“Heidi helped us find works by a local artist that we absolutely love. From listening to our requirements, to brining pieces to our office, to supervising the installation, every aspect of working with Heidi was a pleasure.”
Ernest & Scott
Interior designer Amy Troute introduced us to Ernest and Scott. They were nearly finished with their elegant, yet comfortable, den and were in the market for artwork to complete the vision.
The den is cozy and intimate, as well as elegant; we wanted to find a piece they both truly loved and wanted to spend quality time with. It needed to relate with and contribute energetically and visually.
At the gallery we took Ernest and Scott through a range of works through a wide selection of works; from totally abstract to more graphic and/or figurative. During the process, a particular piece jumped out to them as the clear choice. “Take Flight”, a tryptic, is a particularly special painting to it’s creator Flora Bowley. They picked up on those quality and connected deeply with the work. Back at Ernest and Scott’s we confirmed it was a beautiful match. Amy also endorsed the rich, luminous painting and the room was complete.
Ernest described it best when he said, “(the) Flora in the den is fabulous wonderful terrific.”
While viewing works for the den, a second painting made a particularly strong impression on Ernest. He was still thinking about the photorealistic oil painting the next day. He says “Central Valley Siding” evokes memories and puts him at peace. It was a piece he did not want to live without.
Ernest now owns the painting, which he engages with daily while he works at his home office desk. Equally special is the artist’s memoir about the work, which we shared with it’s delighted new owner.
Folawn Alterman & Richardson LLP
Downtown Portland, Oregon
Paintings for the New Office
We worked with the partners at Folawn, Alterman & Richardson LLP, an Oregon law firm, to incorporate art that brought energy and personality into their newly built out office space over-looking the West Hills of Portland. All three shared the goal of choosing art that personally excited them and that would reflect the values they each bring in to their individual practice.
Our goal was to find pieces that fit the unique character of the overall practice, while complimenting each different partner’s style.We met with the partners separately and identified areas where their tastes and ideas over-lapped. From there, we selected an array of works that embodied these qualities. We brought them in to their office for the partners to experience together in the context of their space. Within minutes of our arrival, the whole office was engaged.
Collectively, we found that two paintings by Flora Bowley and one wax and oil piece by Molly Cliff-Hilts filled the walls and pleased the partners, as well as the extended staff. The works are memorable and set the right tone for clients. They also bring an element of joy and help distinguish the culture and personality of the firm amongst others.
The feedback received at their open house reception affirmed the art selections. The matches are a success.
Springridge at Charbonneau
Charbonneau Community Wilsonville, Oregon
Custom paintings in Resident Dining
Nestled in 10 acres of natural beauty, Springridge at Charbonneau offers its senior residents “handsome surroundings, manicured garden courtyards, and rich architectural detailing reminiscent of a French Country manor.”
In 2010 the facility underwent a remodel that opened up several new opportunities for art, including an extended wall in the resident dining area. The comfortable, open room is divided into upper and lower levels. Tone on tone patterned wall treatment covers the primary walls. The exterior views are of trees and wildlife.
“Attained by Bewilderment” by Tamara English set the perfect tone and was an ideal palette for the space. It even carried out the French country theme. The oil painting on canvas became the jumping point from which we commissioned the artist to create two complimentary works that would all hang on the primary wall and join the two dining sections.
The three original paintings replaced the commercial prints that previously hung there, bringing new energy to the space. Tamara’s works inspire conversation and contribute to a pleasurable experience for diners. They also communicate Springridge’s distinctive style & luxurious living to prospective residents.
Michelle & Rob
South Waterfront, Portland, Oregon
Steel Sculpture & a Painting
A work by steel sculptor Mike Suri caught the Rob and Michelle’s attention when they were passing by our presentation of works in “about space” in the South Waterfront. They called and we met to look at the work up close, as well as paying a visit to their home. The couple was thinking about art in the ‘big picture’ scheme of their home and wondering how a steel table top sculpture might fit in.
In “about space” they discovered a that a much larger sculpture was calling their name. At over 7 feet tall, they might normally have ruled it out, however the delicate details and mix of materials were just perfect for a spot they had in mind for plants and a painting. Combined with their inexplicable connection to the work, “Tribute” became a unique and spectacular choice for the prominent position in their living room.
We had the artist come install the piece personally. While there, he shared his memories travel and experiences that inspired the piece.
We also introduced a second piece to Rob and Michelle’s living area and art collection. An fresh, spring-like botanical work by painter Karen Silve. Full of energy and color, the work sets a happy tone to their home, where they are surrounded by meaningful art.
“Heidi is a pleasure to work with. Her ability to key into a clients needs as well as her design sense make her the best at what she does. A true professional.”
A Collection of Paintings
Sam is a design-savvy businessman who had just relocated Portland and into a modern Pearl District condo. He engaged us in the quest for new art for his stylish pad.
As the owner of a collection of contemporary works inherited from his decerning grandmother, and emerging collector in his own right, Sam has high standards and great taste in art. He was clear about the mood he was creating in each room of his home and was interested in work by up and coming local artists.
We helped Sam grow his personal collection with pieces by Gabriel Fernandez, a PNCA grad with a painting career on the rise, as well as a work by the talented, prolific Michael Hensley.
Sam fell for both of the artists’ work, and we found just the right spots in his home. The detailed Hensley piece is over his desk, where he discovers new elements all the time, and the Fernandez works pop with color and personality in his bedroom and living areas. They work in concert with his previously existing pieces and design style to make his home a very cool pad.
Pearl District Portland, Oregon
Integrated Art Collection
We worked with designer Andee Hess of Osmose and the client, Ryan, to envision and select original artwork for his modern penthouse interior design and build out.
Among the selections were pieces we helped identify and acquire from other galleries around the country. We also oversaw the creation and installation of two sight-based works created locally, as well as the procurement, composition and installation of an existing work called “Little Universe (Terra)” by artist Katy Stone. Her gestures in paint on transparent Duralar hang independently in composition on the bedroom walls. The translucent material casts wonderful shadows which transform with the natural light over the course of the day.
A modern graphic installation by Justin Gorman and Caleb Freese developed as the solution to deep niches on either side of the fireplace and as a focal point of the living room. The vision was for a three-dimensional interpretation of their paint and dye collaborations on paper.
A design direction and color palette were chosen first, followed by engineering and fabrication, hand silk screening color fields, patterns and details. Custom hardware helps ‘float’ these graphic acrylic forms that vary in opacity and scale. The result is a stunning composition of engaging and dynamic forms.
Artists Andi Kovel and Justin Parker of Esque, in collaboration with us, Andee and Ryan, designed, blew and built an innovative glow-in-the-dark glass installation in the entryway niche. The work was in response to Andee’s inspiration idea – Superman’s icehouse, the ‘Fortress of Solitude’. Nearly impossible to photograph, the completed stalactite / stalagmite piece makes a memorable first impression.
Finished pieces of original artwork can also be explored throughout the home; including an over-sized painting by Marty Schnapf that brings color and energy to the intimate media room.
An article on Andee Hess and the project was featured in Portland Monthly.
Southeast Industrial Portland, Oregon
Custom Painting on Reclaimed Wood
Daylight Studio’s energetic and personalized custom painting is the result of the ideal people and ideas coming together for the right cause.
Designer Allisen Larsen of Introspecs Interior Design was working with Shawn and Dave to design their new office / work space in the inner SE industrial district when she contacted us about a key piece of artwork. Their was intention to create an “inviting, fun, urban and professional atmosphere” for clients and the small team that works on site.
As story-tellers and creative problem solvers in their own business, the Daylight guys liked the idea of letting the art literally ‘speak’ to who they are. They were excited about a personalized piece that integrated their culture and personalities.
Chris Haberman, a mixed media artist who thrives on research, input and set themes as inspiration for his custom work, was a great match. His artistic language also includes iconography, figures and visual narratives, which all come in to his work given the right set of circumstances. Daylight responded to his spontaneous, bold style.
Once we identified Chris as the ‘author’ of their piece, we took them through a collaborative creative development process.
We worked with Allisen to choose a color palette, while the Daylight crew produced a list of key words, icons and symbols that represent their personality and unique offerings. They even provided a list of their own personal hobbies, interests and images of their kids. The artist used all of this fodder for the creation of the original painting that now hangs in their active, growing office.
The crew is very happy with the finished work on reclaimed planks of wood.
Allisen Larson :
“Heidi has the capacity and vision to work closely with artists and clients to create custom pieces that successfully communicate the client’s brand while still honoring the artist’s creative license and medium. She is also skilled at assembling a portfolio of artists and existing works which further tell the story of a project.
I have collaborated with Heidi on numerous projects, and value her practical business sense and simultaneous ability for creative ideation and input. She is highly intelligent, well-networked in the art community, and her charisma and passion for original art makes working with her a genuine thrill.”
“The Heidi McBride Gallery has been and continues to be the perfect resource for beautiful art of from an array of mediums, cultures and styles. As well, the (Heidi McBride) gallery offers a very personal alternative to viewing and purchasing art in a gallery setting. My experience with Heidi, through whom I commissioned a painting from a local artist, was remarkable: Heidi’s organization and mediation between the three parties freed the artist to solely create and me, the patron, to have sufficient input into the style of the painting, yet also trust the project to Heidi and the artist. While I support the work galleries do to promote art I find the “home-style” gallery that Heidi has created a the place in Portland from which I will always seek to purchase artwork.”
- Lisa Whitridge, Portland OR
South Waterfront Portland, Oregon
Mural + Site-Based Paper & Fiber Installation
Niki had just moved in to a new condo in the South Waterfront. An artist herself, she wanted to live with original art that would be inspiring and “happy”. She identified two areas for us to focus on.
The first was a large wall with an off-center fireplace. Niki had already looked around at finished works, but she was not finding anything large enough or quite the right shape for the awkward wall. The flat-faced fireplace was also a challenge when she considered paintings with any significant depth. She wasn’t sure how to tackle the space.
A vertical niche in her spacious entry area was the other priority spot where Niki wanted help with art.
We introduced Niki to works and voices by a wide breath of artists. As a sewer who loves fashion, fabric, texture, Helen Hiebert’s handmade abaca paper with linen thread really stood out for her. A great match for the niche, Helen was thrilled to create a smaller-scale version “Hydrogen Bond”, a 26 foot installation that was presented originally by Reed College’s Cooley Gallery.
A playful mural by Jennifer Mercede, who’s colorful and organic painting style resonated with Niki, brought dimension and life into the central part of her home. The painting pulls the design elements of the room together and integrates with the fireplace.
South Waterfront Portland, Oregon
Urban Mural for a Condo in the Round
Kelsey had an awkward wall that she wanted to be the focal point in her open living area. It intersects with a tight angle with an adjacent rounded wall of windows, which meant distorted views from various points around the home. The short lip at the end of the wall greets guest entering the home down the long corridor to the front door.
Kelsey knew she wanted to dedicate the space to art, but didn’t know how to compliment the architecture or realize her vision for the space.
After considering several over-sized paintings, we introduced the concept of a mural. With the wall as canvas, we had the flexibility to travel around to the end wall and also compose a boarder-less piece that worked with the space.
Kelsey loves urban street art and connected with Caleb and Justin’s graphic, layered designs on first sight. Out of the existing digital thumbnails we presented she found her perfect piece. “A Thousand Good Names” related with the lines her building and the views of the community below. She loved the graphics and clean lines, and appreciated the opportunity to break up the grid pattern of her windows with free shapes.
The artistic duo tailored the complex thumbnail image to meet Kelsey’s budgetary goals and to suit the space. She was given several color palettes to choose from – all presented against her background wall paint color.
The artists worked day and night to install the mural – which included freehand and silkscreened application on the wall.
The work turned out “super cool”… It even came together in time for Kelsey’s holiday party. She was “stoked” to share her truly original artwork with her friends.
Site Based Installation and Other Favorites
Having been ‘on the road’ working and traveling in other cities for the previous 10 years, CJ was happy to be settling back in to her charming west hills home. She was actively looking for artwork, but hadn’t found the right pieces and wasn’t sure what would work good in her place. A mutual friend introduced us.
We spent time with CJ in her home, gaining a better understanding of the experience she wanted to create for herself. Next, we invited her to look at a whole range of pieces we pulled out with her in mind.
We had her respond to the art intuitively to determined what made her happy and then worked backwards to select the right pieces for her home.
One target space was CJs two-story open stairwell. There were views from downstairs and upstairs, so selecting work that held the wall from multiple vantage areas was key.
CJ loved the work we showed her by artist Dana Lynn Louis, whose unexpected use of materials and tactile, organic forms felt comfortable and engaging. She chose a unique installation-based piece composed of 19 delicate gouache and ink painted cut shapes. At The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, the piece had debuted in a diamond-shaped composition, however CJs wall called for a more open arrangement. We had the artist to her home to re-compose and install the forms.
Hovering just off the wall, the pieces that make up “Heat” cast interesting shadows and are even a bit kinetic. CJ gets comments from guests all of the time and she enjoys the work throughout every day.
Other original art pieces were chosen also for her bedroom, den and formal dining area.
CJ is so happy with her collection and the uplifting experience she is having living with artwork that called to her.
Downtown Waterfront, Portland, Oregon
Color and Warmth in the Lobby
The Marriott Downtown Waterfront is an eco-friendly, Waterfront Portland hotel. The management had recently de-installed some older commercial prints and were looking for a new piece to hang in a large niche area in the center of the lobby.
We asked about the intension of the space and the characteristics unique to this Marriott property and learned that managers are encouraging guests to spend more time relaxing and enjoying the common areas. They wanted the lobby to feel more like a living room, however the cold stone and brass finishes throughout the main floor were working against them when it came to creating a comfortable space. White walls and florescent lighting could also seem uninviting.
With a remodel slated in the near future, they needed a piece that would contribute to the space as is and also be relevant in the updated version of the lobby they anticipated.
An oversized wax painting, with oil and gold leaf, by Portland artist Molly Cliff-Hilts, was a perfect match. The warm and inviting deep red piece is brings texture and richness to the space. Its unique, yet work that everyone seems to love. “Tribute” also brought a soft visual focal point.
The painting is refined and impressive, while also being inviting and comfortable. It did much more than fill a blank wall, it reinforced the message that guests are welcome to make themselves at home while staying at the Marriott.
South Waterfront Portland, Oregon
Cherry Blossom Hand Blown Glass Installation
Le Hana (now “Soho”) owner Sung was looking for a piece of art for a “L” shaped wall in his South Waterfront sushi restaurant. With all of the other design elements in place, he wanted a piece that would contribute to the interior, while also setting the tone for community-centered sushi restaurant and bar with high quality food in an inclusive environment.
Sung was thinking of a 2d painting, however was open to another concept. After learning he personally loves glass, we focused on an installation that would be soft on the eye and also travel between the adjacent walls, creating multiple angles of appreciation. A free-form design with rounded sculptural elements also complimented the droplights and broke up the angular space in a pleasing way.
We engaged Andi Kovel and Justin Parker who came up with the abstract cherry blossom theme that plays off Le Hana’s logo design. The color palette was drawn from the flowers themselves. Each element was individually hand blown and composition was created on site and installed by the artists.
Sung and his partner could not have been happier with the outcome.
Pearl District Portland, Oregon
Handblown Glass Installation
Designer Andee Hess and the 937 Condominium development team engaged us in the concept development, project management and execution of this focal point aerial lobby sculpture by glass-blowing artists Andi Kovel and Justin Parker of Esque.
In keeping with the architectural theme of the modern LEED ® Platinum certified building, the art was also inspired by fractal patterns found in nature. In fact, the artists literally cast the glass in a live wood mold which lent texture to the thick translucent surfaces.We achieved the goal of creating a unique piece that is innovative, elegant and organic. The sculpture inspires conversation and helps set the 937 Condo building apart from other Pearl District condos.