All Articles Written by Shantel Susan, Art Consultant & Founder Shantel’s Art & Design Inc.


 Roman Influences on Art & Design . .


The question of how the merging of various cultures at end of the Roman Empire influenced future interior design; the following will endeavor to address.  The cultures that were merged included the Romans, Christians and to a lesser extent, the persons of Germanic heritage (Visigoths, Huns, Anglo-Saxons, etc).


By AD 410, Rome was no longer the capital city of the Western Roman Empire, as the Germanic persons (who dominated the army) had overtaken the West.  Thereafter, the Roman Empire was in serious decline in the West, but in the East the capital City of Constantinople, remained under Roman rule. During this time the East had readily embraced the virtues of Christianity to a greater majority than in the West.

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Art Nouveau a Rich & Progressive Movement: Hector Guimard Created Signage as Art . . .



As the years of the Victorian age wore on, there became an evident backlash against the overly mechanized creations of these times. The Art Nouveau movement  began in answer to curtailing the oversized and rather boorish scale and low quality presented during the Victorian era. As the crude overtures of mass production and the demands for commercialism grew, this gave way to a need for the union between them.

Although a variety of names stand out during this time, namely William Morris, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Antoni Gaudi, among others, Hector Guimard was one of the premier architects and overall artisan that created many works attributed to the substantial and colourful content that underlined the movement termed “Art Nouveau.”




Designer’s Vision . . .

“As designers we learn from everything we look at provided that our vision is clear and perceptive” relates to the hopeful desire and intent for designers to approach all aspects of design with a view to a pure and unbiased position. This however, can be difficult, as with all human beings, no matter how we may be trained to behave otherwise, personal biases and subjective criticism can . . . Continued






Rococo Style . . . Evolving from Baroque II

As grand as Baroque was, Rococo had a tantalizingly feminine and fantastical allure that made it different. Baroque had symmetry, Rococo distinctly asymmetrical; the former was balanced and controlled the later unstructured and lighthearted. Both styles displayed intricate details . . . Continued









Local Glass & Steel

The Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton is a horticultural complex that is comprised of four glass and steel pyramids located in the river valley and easily viewed by visitors to the downtown core . . . Continued







Elements of a Renaissance Interior

During the period of the Renaissance, there emerged an extraordinary array of fine interiors that were in reference to earlier periods but displayed their own unique decorative features.  Specifically the Renaissance was a revisit to the Roman style of . . . Continued















Neo-Classicism:  Forward to a New Age


The versatile and integrated aspects of Neo-Classical architecture and design had captured the worlds attention.  From Italy, France, United Kingdom and the United States the style had evolved. .  . Continued








How to Find Wall Art that Complements the Room it is in

Above anything else in a room – art brings all the tangible components including furniture, fabrics and finishes together – but that is only where it begins. Art really contributes to the totality of a space, through creating atmosphere with . . . Continued







Buying Art Online vs In-Person – is the Experience the Same?

Buying art can be a daunting endeavour for anyone – whether you are an expert or not.

Today with the increase in art available online, as artists work independently to sell their work, there are no shortages of quality art to purchase and certainly there are buyers and collectors that want to . . . Continued















Rococo Style . . . Evolving from Baroque

The crossover from where Baroque ended and Rococo began is indefinite; but there are distinguishable aspects of the Rococo period that separate it from Baroque. One of the most profound is . . . Continued










Neo-Classicism and the New Age


The overtly grand design of baroque and rococo styles were gradually transformed from 1640 – 1750 as there returned a preference for more ordered architecture; thus began the era of early neoclassicism. With the excavation of the ruins of Herculaneum in 1738 and Pompeii in 1748 and the . . . Continued





Victorian Style and the “New” Technologies

Of the many interior styles the world has created, the Victorian style evolved as a tribute to the age of its namesake, Queen Victoria of England. The Victorian interior exemplified and displayed to the world, the . . . Continued








Roman Influences on Design

The question of how the merging of various cultures at end of the Roman Empire influenced future interior design; the following will endeavor to address.  The cultures that were merged included the. . . Continued

















Local Glass & Steel 2

The new Art Gallery of Alberta opened in 2010. The glass featured in the Gallery is used principally to show a sculpted ribbon of stainless steel that undulates throughout the space and gives the feeling of unending continuity, similar to that of the . . . Continued








Interior Glass

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has two lobbies that both display large Dale Chihuly installations that are permanently affixed to the interior. The sculpted glass work . . . Continued














Renaissance Interior


As brilliant as it was, Renaissance architecture did not stand alone to create an entire design. Furniture played an important role in providing an organized, symmetry look to the interiors. Furniture used in a. . . Continued