I created a custom commission for the Emerson company in 2017. Emerson was originally founded in 1890 in St. Louis as a manufacturer of electric motors. You probably currently have an Emerson product in your home right now, or certainly did in the past. The company has grown from a regional manufacturer into a global technology powerhouse during the past 100 years. Today, the company is still headquartered out of St. Louis, but it has locations all over the world including here in Shakopee, Minnesota.
The Shakopee location went through major renovations in 2014, and by 2017 it was time to think about artwork for the main boardroom where they do teleconferencing all over the world. The interior designers were interested in using my work and decided they would like a large, original painting with the same feel as my warm orange abstract painting titled Temperate from 2012. I took a tour of the space and really enjoyed the modern design and architecture which kind of felt like something out of Star Trek.
My process and style had changed between 2012 and 2017, so I approached this project with my current routine at the time which involved using my shoe palette knives and other various random tools to create original forms. I met with the interior designer, architect, and employees from Emerson several times while the artwork was being created. I reached a few stopping points that I found intriguing artistically, but we all decided that the composition for this particular space needed to have a painting on the calmer side of my spectrum. The end result is this 48 x 144” triptych title Rosemount which is the name of this specific branch of Emerson. I actually already had titled a painting Emerson for another project I did for the Midland Country Club in Michigan. Yes, I have made a lot of art. This is the only artwork in the collection of Emerson in Minnesota, and I am honored to be that artist.