When the time was right I moved into a carefree, turn-key loft condo with concrete ceilings and floors, a workspace more than a living space. High ceilings and a 43-ft. length of floor-to-ceiling windows give me good light for painting and a dramatic gallery space.
I bought my loft pre-construction and was lucky to have a developer willing to work with me to combine two units into one and make some alterations that made it work better for a studio and gallery space. (You can see more of the layout of my space and some of the rooms in earlier posts).
Every room, even bathrooms, act as gallery space for art parties and yet are comfortable for living as well.
The kitchen was moved to the center of the expanded space and the enlarged island serves well as the hub.
One end of the space is a living room and the other end is the workspace. The kitchen island and counters, even the dining room table, serve as expanded workspace when needed.
Every artist’s greatest needs are exposure and work space. I’m very lucky to have both.
Life is never dull. Paintings are constantly moving in and out, up and down, and even close friends and family always want a “tour” when they arrive, to see what’s new. And except for routine bouts with bursitis and arthritis from climbing up and down a ladder, it keeps me stimulated and feeling, dare I say, even a bit “cool” in a city that has recently become one of the coolest, St. Petersburg, Florida.