Back in March 2009, I first experienced a visit to the magical world of Ernie Marza. Â He describes it as his little world of art nouveau.
Today, I popped over there again, and was overwhelmed. Except this time – my eyes were prepared for the feast and eager with anticipation.
While Ernie has most of his own paintings in his studio room, he reserves the living room for works by other painters from other centuries, a fine collection that he has accumulated over the decades from artists living as far away as Europe and South America. (click for video + story
Ernie gave us a lovely tour of his personal art collection. Each painting, lamp, sculpture or ornament has a story. Most paintings have been adorned with frame handcrafted by Ernie himself. His carved, painted and inlaid frames not only match a painting, but each one acts as if it had always been apart of the piece.
Ernie Marza’ passion for elaborate picture frames makes him one of the people who have influenced me in pairing ornate frames with paintings. I love to collect ornate frames, and use them to frame my work. I would love to add embellishments such as light fixtures, like Ernie does, in future.
Ernie’s passion and experience with art history, and collectables is masterful. He is a great storyteller, and Â I like to imagine his adventures have been legendary.
While we were there, his crow came by to inspect the visitors. The crow, he says, ‘followed me from his previous residence.” Â This crow sits on the patio and watches Ernie while he paints. Today, the crow flew away when I went to snap a picture, but he sat in the tree watching for the rest of our visit.
Back in 2009, he allowed me to collect one of his Dracula paintings, only he says, “because we both come from the same part of the world.” Â I like to think we also come from aÂ blissful world where everyone dances, loves romances, and wonders how a squirrel got a fabulous hat in that lovely shade of blue.