In concept and in form, fine arts inspire the elegantly contemporary ambiance at The Heathman Hotel Kirkland. We hand select each piece of work in a careful approach that honors the artist and our hotel guests. Meet the artists behind The Heathman Hotel's fine arts collection in our online Kirkland artist tour of artist bios and information.
Robert Allan is a Colorado-based fine artist who was born and raised in the Midwest. It was his Midwest surroundings that strongly influence his fearless fusion of industrial materials and the strong earthen tones of his color palette. To date, Allan's bio reads: Merchant seaman, longshoreman, truck driver, photographer for the US Army, art director, filmmaker, art teacher and pastor. Prior to retiring to Colorado, Allan was an art teacher in Washington state. Due to a recent, but since resolved battle with blindness, Allan has a renewed appreciation for his natural talent in the visual fine arts. His weakened eyesight, rather than burdening the artist, has contributed to the unique, abstracted way in which he views and depicts the world. Allan's work exudes physicality. He alternatively excavates and constructs forms to create a complex topography across the surfaces of his works that effectively project light and shadow. His surprising combinations of various material, textures, patterns, shapes and colors are reflective of his own fascinating, multi-layered biography. According to Allan, creativity is like a puzzle, the solutions to which fall secondary to the means to get there. "The act of creativity is much more important than the finished work," Allan says. This drives him to believe that many of his paintings are never finished, but rather simply await another design intervention.
R. John Ichter is an award-winning artist who is quickly captivating the art scene wherever his work is shown. Also known as "Bob" to his friends, Ichter's romantic pastels are richly colored and hand-rubbed onto lushly textured black suede archival board. The strengths of Ichter's pastels include vibrant, saturated colors and strong compositions. According to Ichter, each piece is designed to evoke a certain time of day and to transport the viewer to another place. Autumn and dusk are favorite themes of the artist, which have been inspired by landscapes from around the world. His art work often finds the viewer gazing into the rolling hills of the French countryside, strolling along a windy Normandy beach, exploring a pathway through a North Carolina Blue Ridge forest, floating along the river Seine, or watching a dragonfly rest upon a patch of waterlillies in Claude Monet's gardens at Giverny. Investors and collectors of Ichter's work range from celebrities to Fortune 500 companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Equifax, Bank of America, Boeing Commercial Airplane Corp. and Accenture. Design South Magazine called Ichter "an undeniable talent" and his paintings "real show stoppers." Ichter lives in the Little Five Points section of Atlanta, Georgia where he recently built a new house and art studio. In his spare time he trains and teaches in a form of martial arts called Cuong Nhu. His hobbies include golf and raising tropical fish and orchids depicted in some of his paintings.
Dan Larsen is a Northwest native descended from a long line of fine artists and craftsmen. His family's local roots trace back to the time when tall ships explored the far reaches of Puget Sound. Larsen has been expressing his artistic gifts in all types of art media since he was a child. A graduate of Washington State University, Larsen earned degrees in Construction Management and Business Administration with a minor in Industrial Design. Larsen currently balances his time between being a general contractor and a fine artist. His construction clients appreciate the "design eye" that he adds to the creative process during a project. Virtually all of the work performed by Larsen's General Contracting is obtained through referrals from customers who are impressed with his unique sense of design and his commitment to unparalleled craftsmanship. This unparalleled craftsmanship is noticeably transferred to his unique style of abstract paintings. While he has been involved in construction for the last 30 years, Larsen's passion for the art process has been a continuing exploration into any new potential industrial medium. In recent years, he has increasingly focused on developing his own unique art form using a variety of industrial materials. The current paintings are created utilizing an industrial resin formulated to include microscopic, heat-treated glass flakes that give the paintings extra depth and durability. Larsen's paintings have an emotional power and raw primal organic appeal. His art jolts the senses with an intensely detailed explosion of infinite shapes and riotous color. Each work emanates its own unique upbeat mood and personality, imparting the sensation of playful emotion being conveyed directly and not merely being seen with the eyes. One art enthusiast was heard to exclaim, "These paintings make Jackson Pollock look tired." However, when seeing one of his paintings for the first time, most viewers are compelled to simply blurt out "Wow!"
Fred Lisaius' paintings are often about transitional spaces, such as day turning to night, awake to sleep, or clear to foggy. It is in these mysterious and powerful spaces that reality and the imagined coexist. In recent years, Lisaius has completed several large projects including an outdoor garden table and a 34-foot mural for Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland, a painting for Swedish Hospital in Seattle, a mural for the entrance to the Chicago Nordstrom, and a painted a garden bench to raise money for the Performing Arts Center Eastside. Lisaius' work serves to create an environment that adds beauty, meaning and purpose. Lisaius has been creating art in the Seattle area for over 15 years. His work is represented locally at the Linda Hodges Gallery and SAM Gallery and in several galleries nationally. His art has appeared in shows at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, the Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, Washington State Governor's Office, Bellevue City Hall, and University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Janet Richardson-Baughman earned her BFA from Central Michigan University and received an MFA in ceramics from Indiana State University in 1977. After graduation, she taught college and began her studio career. Continuing her ceramic work, she developed a series of elegant vessels, contemporary sculptures and large-scale handmade tile for the walls. "My work is architecturally influenced," says Richardson-Baughman. "My father was an architect and I grew up surrounded by line and shape." Her work is a sophisticated blend of form, color and rhythm. When creating an art piece, Richardson-Baughman says she visualizes the lines and color as a poem in motion. Richardson-Baughman expanded her media to include pastels, mixed media, collage and painting. Her work has been included in many exhibitions and galleries nationally. Her art has also been very successful in the corporate market, including custom commissions and is represented in many corporate and commercial settings such as The Heathman Hotel. Richardson-Baughman lives an idyllic existence with her artist husband on the small horse farm where they also have their studio.
Born in Seattle, Washington in 1948, Gregg Robinson attended Simon Fraser University and the University of Washington before studying at the Brooks Art Institute in California. Robinson's precise, geometric style is most reminiscent of the classic modernism noted in the Bauhaus of the 1920s. Robinson's intent is to create strong, high-contrast images dominated by black-on-light pattern and saturated primary color. He successfully blends the classic hard-edged abstraction of Mondrian with a romantic, soft abstraction defined by diffused color within selected forms.
Robinson's corporate art collections include
Allstate Insurance, Seattle, WA Nordstrom, WA & CA
Amerec Corporation, Bellevue, WA Northmark Ltd., Laguna Hills, CA
American Bank of Commerce, CA Pacific Bell, Los Angeles, CA
Apple Computer Pacific Medical Centre, Seattle, WA
Arthur Anderson Peterson & Sullivan, Seattle, WA
AT & T Plano Civic Centre, Plano, TX
Boeing, Seattle, WA Public Health Hospital, Seattle, WA
Callison Partnership, Seattle, WA Rivers & Christian, Los Angeles, CA
Deaconess Hospital, Seattle, WA Saeham Bank, Los Angeles, CA
ELP Communications, Los Angeles, CA Schwartz Bros. Restaurant, Bellevue, WA
Evergreen Hospital, Kirkland, WA Seattle First Nat'l. Bank, Seattle, WA
Fashion Bar, Denver, CO Shabu Shabu Aoyama, Honolulu, HI
First Interstate Bank Sun Hills Country Club, Tokyo, Japan
General Motors Tasco Northwest, Seattle, WA
GTE, Everett, WA Touche/Ross, Bellevue, WA
Lexus, Bellevue, WA Ward Oil Consultants, Shreveport, LA
Liberty House, Honolulu, HI Washington Natural Gas, Seattle, WA
Microsoft, Seattle, WA WAT&G, Newport Beach, CA
Mitsubishi, Los Angeles, CA Westin Hotels, Chicago, IL
Nascor Inc., Bellevue, WA Wyndham Hotels, Corpus Christi, TX
NBC Productions, Los Angeles, CA Wyndham Hotels, Palm Springs, CA