Artist Crush: Heather Day & Claire Oswalt

I am ALWAYS on the hunt for art for client’s homes. I really prefer using original art because there is such a wonderful sense of uniqueness and personality that only original works can bring to a home.  We use plenty of giclees and prints too when budgets require, of course, but knowing that something hanging on your wall is truly one of kind is really special.

So I am always thrilled to find up-and-coming artists and share them!  Two of which I’m delighted to shine some light on today!

Heather Day’s works are AWESOME. SO much energy, movement and gorgeous color combinations! I’m so very into them- thinking maybe a large one would be quite fetching above my sofa!

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Claire Oswalt is another stellar talent- I am LOVING her collages so much! #iwantone

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She also has a quilt company called Hopewell that creates modern looking quilts that are absolutely incredible- for the bed or as art (since quilting is an art form for sure!)  Aren’t these just awesome?







I absolutely LOVE the details on these quilts- the striped edge and the label that tells you when your unique quilt was made.

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They also make pillows, baby blankets and framed mini quilts that would look adorable in a nursery!








    1. Annette – I checked out your work your website. The Acrylics are beautiful and soothing, and the Encaustics are REALLY interesting and unique. I hope Erin uses some of them! Best of luck to you as an “up and comer”!

    1. Erin the quilted works of art are amazing, love them! The discovery of artistic talent is such a thrill!

      The Arts by Karena

  1. Hey Erin! I love it when you post about artwork that is inspiring for you and your clients. The quilts in particular stand out to me – I was flipping through a local design magazine yesterday that had a feature on a textile designer who creates really contemporary geometric quilts. If you’re interested, here it is –

    Anyway if you do end up selecting any of those paintings or collages for a project, I hope you post about them! I would love to see one in a space.

  2. Love original artwork – I set a personal goal to longer buy prints, I’ve found them so impersonal when thousands of others can have the same thing hanging on their wall. It’s special knowing that I may be the only person looking up at a custom, commissioned piece.

    My girlfriend recently took her hobby to an Etsy page and I’m so excited for her! I have a huge canvas hanging above our king bed with rich navy tones and greys with hints of gold coming through – i love it!

  3. I loved the idea of having original art in my home, but 10 years ago I really didn’t have a good online source for affordable, so I started painting for myself. Now I sell my original art on etsy at an accessible price point. I would love for you to check it out Erin!

  4. RE: Day & Oswalt- I am shocked! How could you even call that art?! Since when is slopping paint on a canvas art? This goes back to the idea that anybody can call themselves an artist.

    1. You are really rude! I would be so embarrassed to have made a harsh comment like that, especially when art is always about ones personal interpretation. Don’t be so shallow!

    2. While you are absolutely entitled to your opinion, I’d suggest you go buy a canvas and try to create some abstract art yourself before you say such rude and naive things! Art is subjective, and I hardly think the MOMA would agree with your judgements.

  5. Hi Erin,

    I have your book and love your blog. You have great taste. I started adding blue to my house a couple years ago and suddenly everything started coming together better. I have a beautiful blue sofa that could use your green pillows if you do decide to replace them with blue ones, you can sell your green ones to me. Keep blogging, and to the people that don’t like the modern art, art is a very personal thing and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. :)

  6. I love abstract art — a love cultivated in classes at the Reina Sofia in Madrid during my undergraduate study abroad. Thanks for sharing this talent with us! I couldn’t agree more regarding original artwork. My favorite in our young collection is by Anthony Boone

  7. I’m getting a slight Twombly vibe from Day’s work. I love it.

    The quilting is gorgeous.

    Art is very subjective, especially modern art. It cracks me up when people dismiss someone’s work by saying, “my kid could do that” or “anyone could paint/write/sew etc. that”.

    Well, they didn’t so take a seat.

  8. Hi Erin,
    THANK YOU for your support of original art!!! The artist’s very soul is present in the original, giving it a vibrancy and personality that just can’t be transferred to a print! Have a great day!

  9. To me, the featured artists lack depth, but art is very subjective. I loved Deborah Randall’s landscapes but physically drew away from her other work. If you buy an expensive piece of art to hang because someone told you it was cool or that you should, then you got what you paid for. If you love a piece and are happy paying hundreds for it, good luck to you (as long as I don’t have to like it too!). I bought a landscape for £10 in a junk shop the other week. I love it. Buy what you love.

  10. I am an abstract artist living in Philadelphia. I have been showing and selling my paintings and drawings for over 30 years and am intrigued with your blog and website. I am contacting you because I think my artwork is a great fit for what you show and would love it if you would post it on your website.

    Thank you for taking the time to answer me and hopefully promote my work!


  11. oh my god. the quilts. THE QUILTS!

    i’ve touched my sewing machine approximately 2 and a half times, but now i’m itching to learn how to learn how to use it. thanks for the inspiration!

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