1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Yvette and I were both born in the early 1960s and we are going on our 19th year of marriage and have no kids. Yvette works as a trainer for a major multi-media company and I work as a Transmission System Operator for a major electric utility company in Southern California. I graduated from CSULB with a degree in Physical Education and worked as a personal trainer before my current job. We have always been interested in art and started checking out galleries while we were dating. We bought a few prints when we first got married, but really couldn’t afford original art or didn’t know where to find it at that time. Getting our first computer opened up our eyes to the San Diego Comic Con and all the other great places to buy art. It has been addictive from there. We are also now able to buy some of the pieces we never thought we would be able to buy.
2. Which piece in your gallery is your favorite?
Yvette’s favorite is Bug City created by Rick Berry. My favorite is no easy pick, so will pick two pieces for different reasons.
1) Ian Miller - Hall of Bright Carvings - Just unbelievable how a piece can have so much detail and imagination. Also not one drop of white out used.
2) Kent Williams - Batman, Kent is a master and he shows it here. A great pose and rare emotion in the character. You can see it with the details in the hands and face.
3. How long have you been collecting comic art and what prompted you to start?
We have been collecting original art for about fifteen years. We were prompted to start collecting by the shear beauty of the art. We always admired the fantasy calendars of Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell and realized we could afford to buy these types of paintings that were out of touch before. We also admire what the artists go through to create what they do and why certain pieces cost what they do. We also hope the members of CAF enjoy looking at our collection, because we take lots of pride on what we have and hope it shows all the way down to the framing jobs. We also enjoy seeing how diverse all the other collections are.
We also try to attend at least one day of Comic Con each year and also to attend Illuxcon, which is the newest of the art conventions. Illuxcon is for the collectors who truly want to learn all aspects of what an artist does and to hang out with them in a very relaxed atmosphere without the over crowding of other conventions. There is also lots of great art!
4. How do you display/store your collection at home?
First and foremost, it all starts with the right frame job. We have been lucky to use a couple different framers that have a great eye and large selection of frames. We can always come up with something nice between the three of us.
Our art is hung in every room of the house, except one bathroom. But, we did have a special cabinet installed where we showcase small sculptures. Every wall is stacked two high with framed art. And on one larger wall, even more. Each piece of art is 5” from the ceiling and 4” apart from the piece next to it. The bottom row is also about 2 ½” below the piece above it. We have lots of pieces hung, but it looks very clean. We also have a few bookcases, showcases and tables with smaller paintings on easels. Every bit of usable space is utilized.
We also re-modeled our home a few years ago and designed the lighting system to get the most out of it we could to showcase the art. We have about twenty six recessed spots lights in the living room that rotate 360 degrees and can move 180 degrees up and down. The bonus or family room has a high ceiling, so we went with tracks with snake type heads that allow for multiple positions. There are also about twenty six lights there. Everything is also on dimmers to get the right amount of light on the art. All the bulbs are MR 16 two pin type halogen. We also have some recessed lighting in other parts of the house, but completing the lighting is still a work in progress.
For those wondering, our house is about 2000 square feet, so not huge by any stretch.
5. What are your top five most wanted original pages or commissions?
We do not collect too many pages, so here are commissions or covers we would love to own. We are sure there are tons more, but these come to the top of our list first.
Frank Frazetta - A Death Dealer painting.
Richard Corben - Any number of great paintings from him.
Phil Hale - Flinch #1 cover.
Michael Whelan - The Crimson King
Michael Whelan - Lovecraft’s Nightmare B
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