I was invited to the press events at the D&D Building’s Fall Market last year, to see the new products each showroom had to offer, and to hear lectures from members of our community. Michael Boodro, the Editor of Elle Decor, gave a presentation about what the interior designers, polled by his magazine, considered to be the best and most sought after luxury products and services this year.
A month later, I was invited to the press preview of Holiday House, Iris Danker’s annual Breast Cancer Research fundraiser. Just inside the vestibule of the house was a grand scale portrait of Evelyn Lauder, that together with Mr. Boodro’s discussion, sparked the idea for this post. What, for this Blog Editor, is the ULTIMATE luxury an interior designer can help his or her client acquire? A commissioned portrait.
Several weeks ago I was introduced to world-renowned portrait painter Sacha Newley (son of actors Joan Collins and Anthony Newley) by our Design Editor Carl Lana. Last week Mr. Newley graciously agreed to meet me for lunch, to talk about the process of capturing a person on canvas. What follows is an excerpt of our spirited conversation, as well as a GREAT list of resources for locating artists.