I worked with Natalie at Element-8 Design earlier this year on a terrific project. We met at the General Surgery Clinic at Santiam Memorial Hospital to tour the clinic and discuss the tenant improvements that were being made. The property manager had previously told Natalie that the client was interested in Oregon photography. In fact, they even had a few images selected. Oh my! The preview helped me in many ways.
It’s really helpful when I get a chance to see the space in person, and get an idea of what type of artwork the client is looking for, as well as the size requirements of the space. Both need to be taken into consideration when choosing mats and frames. I also learned a lot about future building renovations and expansions for Santiam Memorial, and learned more about their culture and philosophy, which will help guide my work with in the future. Santiam Memorial Hospital and its satellite offices are not-for-profit general hospital and medical facilities.
Based on what they showed me, I selected a few more options to round out their Oregon photography selection to about 20 images. In the end, we framed their original eight choices, and they worked great! When a client knows what they like, I like to stick with it.
For smaller images, like the photography the client chose for this project, I encourage the use of bigger mats, which make for a dramatic presentation. Nearly every client is happy with that outcome in the end.
Chris Pero, Art Consultant