This post was originally written in May of 2011, but it has been revised just for you!
I have often said that my ideas are really unfulfillable without my treasured “team”. One of my favorite team members has and will always be my dear friend and talented artist Radisha. He has been creating sensational works of art for me for over 22 years. I first came across his work in…1989, at, of all things, an “Estate Sale”! I bought several things I thought were old Italian painted furniture; and was going on-and-on about them, until the owner said: “Would you like to meet the artist? I almost fainted! He was at the time a Canadian citizen and was born in Serbia then studied art in Canada.
We have been working together on countless projects ever since. He is skilled in many styles of painting, as you will see in the following pictures. One of my favorite things in his art is his sense of whimsy! Radisha has the ability to carry his artwork beyond the canvas to many different applications. From painted screens to murals, he is able to adapt different styles and techniques to always create a beautiful end result!
This is a four-panel screen in a Renaissance style (currently for sale through us; dimensions and price upon request)
This is a bedroom in Virginia with a “faux marbre” dado.
One of my favorites! a trompe l’oeil ledge with a mother dove on her nest in a powder room. Doesn’t she look surprised?!
This painted panel is a perfect example of Radisha’s whimsical style, always emphasizing nature and romance!
A tiled niche Radisha designed and painted in a loggia in Santa Barbara.
Some lovely Chinoiserie murals.
Pictured above is a painted mural Radisha created on a blank wall. The curtains matched the dining room curtains which is to the right through an archway! The house is an Italian Villa by Reginald Johnson; so the view is of the countryside in Tuscany. This was the first job we worked on together. His paintings “made this beautiful gallery come alive”!
The owner; an attorney, called me one morning (she was supposed to look at and approve the water color renderings of the gallery the afternoon before); she said……”Oh! I was so distracted by the new wallpaper in the kitchen; I forgot to look at the gallery renderings! I hope I am not holding anything up!!”
I said, “Well; when I didn’t hear from you, he painted it all last night! And just so you know; the overdoor in the middle is a man with an artichoke growing out of his head!” Fortunately, the whole family loved it all!!!
This was a great project to work with Radisha on, the murals as well as all of his over-door painting and details painted around sconces, etc. are still (22 years later) a beautiful feature of the house.
See below photos of Radisha’s work from this project.
Detail behind a sconce (one of eight in the main gallery, all different).
Close up of one of paintings behind the sconce.
An over-door detail where the man has an artichoke growing out of his head, amazing!!
The upstairs hallway where each arch has a different painted scene.
This is a detail from one of the arches where you can see the owners two children running with the family dog!
Another overdoor panel at the opposite end of the gallery from the “window”
This has been just a sneak peek at the talented Radisha. I am sure I will showcase his work again and again. I never tire of his beautiful l works of art and I will continue working with him on any project possible. Please contact me to see more of his work or to order a design. He painted these directly on the walls; however , in many cases he paints things on canvas and they can be applied to the walls and can be removed if you move!!!
He has also designed some beautiful books which are available. I will post about them soon!