Artist of the Month: Paul V. Bonneau

Paul V. Bonneau is the newest artist to EcoHome Studio and kicks off our revamped Artist of the Month Program! We will now be featuring one artist at a time, showing pieces of their work in the showroom and hosting an artist reception for each one.  We hope that this will allow our customers to learn more about each artist’s work that we enjoy so much.  The reception for Bonneau will be held at EcoHome on July 17th, 2014 from 5:30-7:30pm.  Join us in celebrating this artist and his work!

Paul V. Bonneau


   Paul has been featured in the Canvas section of Maine Home and Design magazine (November, 2012) and in 2011, the American Art Awards voted his painting “Last Standing” the first place winner in the Impressionist Landscape category.

   Often referred to as a “colorist”, Paul’s work has been included in invitational shows at the New Bedford Art Museum, the Danforth Museum, the Ogunquit Art Association, the Thos Moser Gallery, the Irvine Gallery, the Judi Rotenberg Gallery (Boston), the Maine College of Art and Cape Elizabeth Land Trustjuried invitational auctions, PBS Television, the Children’s Museum, the Animal Welfare Society, as well as in the collection of the Maine Turnpike Authority.

   Paul has completed independent study at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Heartwood School of Art and the University of Massachusetts. He a member of the American Impressionist Society and represented locally by Art Collector Maine and the Mast Cove Gallery, in Kennebunkport.

   In describing his process, Paul states, “After establishing composition, form and value in the sketch stage, I lay in a warm under painting (cadmium red over a yellow ochre ground). With that accomplished, I can concentrate on pushing color relationships.”

Paul’s work can be seen at


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ImageFor any questions about Paul, his work, or the reception please call EcoHome Studio at (207) 899-0390 or email


Artist of the Month: Mary Brooking

Shortly after earning a BA in Fine Art from Hiram College in 1978, Mary Brooking established herself as a nationally-award-winning magazine designer in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1997 Brooking moved to Maine with her husband, John Brooking, to begin a new dual career in fine art and motherhood. In 2002, the family settled in Westbrook.

Mary Brooking is now an artist in mid-career with a following throughout Southern Maine and elsewhere. Her collectors appreciate the spiritual and expressionistic direction of her landscape-inspired acrylic paintings. Her artistic vision employs reduction rather than embellishment, distilling elemental truths about the places she paints through interactive color, texture and form. Her work engages the senses of the viewer at the immediate, almost entirely intuitive, point of recognition, testing the balance between representation and abstraction.

Having exhibited her work widely in Southern Maine, as well as in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Ohio and New Mexico, Brooking accepts commissioned work and has recently begun teaching. She is a member of the Saccarappa Art Collective in Westbrook, Maine and Kennebec Valley Art Association (Harlow Gallery) in Hallowell, Maine. She exhibits her work at Saccarappa Art Gallery in Westbrook, Maine; Eco Home Studio in Portland, Maine; and Art 3 Gallery in Manchester, New Hampshire; as well as at Prints of her paintings are available through .

In 2005, Brooking created to market her original paintings, along with notecards which are marketed under the name MaryBrook Graphics. Ten percent of MaryBrook card sales is donated annually to Heifer International, an international non-profit entity whose mission is to empower impoverished women and families by seeding independent agricultural businesses.

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For more information about Mary, her artwork, or other artists showcased at EcoHome Studio please call our showroom at (207) 899-0390.

Color of the Year: Follow Spring Color Trends on a Budget!

And the color of the year is… Radiant Orchid!

ImageA sharp shade of purple, Radiant Orchid is most definitely a Spring color.  And as fabric and paint trends for 2014 are largely dependent on the anticipated color of the year and other color trends we are expecting to see a lot of it.  But if purple isn’t in your color wheel don’t worry, Pantone’s Spring 2014 color trends offer an array of inspiring, warm hues that will drag us (in my case willingly) out of these frigid winter temps.

As much as I would love to launch a full makeover on my home featuring the new year’s trends my wallet just won’t allow it.  But not to worry my fellow thrifty design fanatics, we have some easy ways to get a fresh look and keep your home up to date without breaking the bank.

1. Switch up your hardware: In my opinion one of the easiest and coolest ways to add new life to your furniture.  You can find literally any color, shape, or design in a knob you can dream up- so much so you may get overwhelmed by all of your choices.

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2. Ditch the drapes: New drapes in a vibrant color will definitely give your space a fresh Spring look! These green, floor-length green drapes paired with similar-colored accents like the ottoman create a color scheme that makes the room cohesive.  Picking a new color to put on your windows can completely change the feel of a space without a lot of work!

Image3. Make an ottoman a statement piece: I have an obsession with upholstered ottomans and the drama they can bring to a room.  Everyone has them in their living room, why not make them both fun and functional?

Image4. Get inspired with new artwork: Artwork can not only inspire emotion but can also be a key element of design.  You can design an entire room around a piece(s) of art or use it to create a cohesive look, feel, and color scheme!

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5. Who doesn’t love pillows? Accent pillows and throws add warmth and element to design, not to mention they are a fun and easy way to accessorize a space!  They are a simple way to add color, texture, or pattern.

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