I recently purchased a new computer and have been slightly lazy about moving all of my photos over to the new. So today as I started the process, I stumbled onto a few albums that made me feel really nostalgic. One in particular was from trip we took to visit a dear family friend who was an amazingly talented artist. These pictures were taken as Will casually showed us around his beautiful home on the Northshore of Massachusetts. Although you would never know, this property is new only built about 15 years ago, the house was constructed from original parts and pieces of dismantles homes that Will had purchased.
Will was a student of Pratt in the 70s, where he learned the art of restoration. He made his living bringing old houses back to their authentic selves and transformed new to feel old. He painted numerous murals though out the Northeast, some of which can be seen in Old Sturbridge Village. Side note: he also painted the floors of my parent's entry hall - a faux tiled marble. Aside from painting, he created sculptures, that were life like fantastical creatures, as well as people that he would place in his home, the gardens or even on the front lawn. The Victorian lady was made of miscellaneous cloths and textiles he had gathered, she was weatherized to live outside - to walk aimlessly throughout the property, set wherever to fit Will's whim.
He was the one to push me and inspire me to move to New York and pursue my passions. Making me forever grateful of our relationship. It's people like Will that make our lives so special and memorable. They're eccentric, imaginative and wonderful. Treasure them.
Will taking us through the gardens...and his home. His art studio was a beautiful mess.
These pictures are from rooms throughout his home... not styled, just as it was.
All photographs were taken by Lauren L Caron © 2015