I have been completely immersed in the world of art and design from my earliest memories. My mother, Phyllis, a pianist and teacher of music, exposed me to a vast majority of the arts throughout childhood, from opera and dance to cultural fine arts and languages. I spent several of my early years studying dance at the Joffrey Ballet School. My greatest interest however, was sketching and painting. Anatomical studies and figurative drawing at The Art Students League of New York under the direction of Robert Beverly Hale, combined with my love for fashion, contributed entirely to the career I chose to pursue.
Upon graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1982, I entered the design arena signing my first contract and selling my belt designs to Calderon Belts and Bags, Inc. (manufacturer of Anne Klein accessories). It was a wonderful experience yet I had a yearning to open my own company and did so within two years. I began designing costume and vermeil jewelry, which was represented and sold by a prestigious Manhattan showroom to exclusive accounts, nationally and internationally. The editorial exposure and acclaim I received in Women’s Wear Daily, Accessories, Elle, Flair and Self Magazines was more than I could ask for and greatly appreciated. My vision and interest for creating accessories spanned nearly one decade.
During the mid 1990’s, I developed a desire to change direction. Blending my design and painting abilities, the transition to styling and embellishing residential interiors came naturally. I began designing intricate one-of-a-kind patterns and stencils in 1996, which were hand painted on ceilings, walls and floors. Simultaneously, my designs and illustrations were produced on bone china under a licensing agreement and sold at Bloomingdale’s New York and Macy’s California.
Since 2003 my work has evolved gradually, in ways I could not have envisioned. Styling the homes of several clients, in which I incorporated my designs and artwork, knowledge and sense of color, texture and pattern and understanding of scale, balance and fluidity, has been absolutely wonderful. I honor the relationships and affiliations that have developed and I am thankful to the phenomenal writers and editors of The New York Times and Westchester Cottages and Gardens who gave exposure and acclaim to my work and all of the very special clients I have been fortunate to work with.
Every time I meet an incredible artist, find the beauty in the simple lines of a tattered chair and bring it back to life or design a custom pattern for a client that makes them smile, the passion I feel is all encompassing. Equally, transitioning a loved one, making the move a comfortable one, lending an ear and offering absolute respect for an aging member of a family, fills my heart, for I too will be there one day, if I am so lucky.
As of 2013, I am incorporating all that I love and launching GR HUES, taking my classically modern approach, pattern designs, custom color work and styling interiors to clients of all ages.