MY ART STUDIO "SONTERRA"
SONTERRA has proven to be a dream studio. I love the remote country
location deep in the heart of East Texas in the middle of the giant
pines, near the town of Montalba.
It is positioned on the top of the hill in the middle of 100 acres
which isolates it for privacy. There are plenty of outdoor spaces
to enjoy the natural settings, including an outdoor stone room with
a fire place.
But most of all it is a wonderful place to do my work. It's a unique
privilege to indulge in the creative process surrounded by the sights,
sounds, smells and ethereal beauty that is SONTERRA.
Several years ago, I visited Monet's studio in Giverny, France
and had a clear understanding of what was needed for a great painting
studio – big open space and northern natural light. Returning
to Texas, I started designing and then building SONTERRA. It is
a great natural light studio for working during the day and has
great lighting for working at night. The 25 foot ceiling creates
the New York loft feeling I never had in New York.
My painting wall is 40 feet long and 25 feet high. It feels very
open and allows me to focus on very large as well as small paintings.
The room is 55 feet deep which allows me good distance to view a
painting in progress. The painting wall also serves a a large gallery
wall to display finished art for client viewing. (appointment only
SONTERRA is also very high tech, with Mac computers, video projection,
and several sources to play and enjoy music. All in all, even though
it is always a work in progress, it is finished enough now to provide
outstanding studio space and comfortable living quarters. We love
sharing the remarkable beauty of the various seasons at SONTERRA
throughout the year with family and friends.
TO SONTERRA COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER 2009
In November 2009, the latest additions to my studio complex were
completed. It was then, that I officially named the studio and surrounding
The two things that guests and clients visiting the studio over
the years have all enjoyed, is sitting by the fire at night and
sitting under the open sky in the pine trees. For those reasons,
I created a new outdoor space that has a large fireplace but no
roof. This new outdoor space is accented by sculpture and artifacts
In the landscape as you approach the outdoor "room" is
an engraved stone with "COLUMBIA" on it to memorialize
the tragic explosion of the space shuttle. We found several burned
pieces of the space shuttle on the property that were claimed by
the investigators from NASA. The spanish-styled 3-tiered water fountain
nearby adds the tranquil sound of water to the general area around
the studio compound.
night, the area becomes not only a dramatic display of the art within
the area, but a place of tranquil, quiet evenings where one can
connect with the solitude of nature or re-connect with family and
friends around a crackling fire in the immense stone fireplace.