Human form and anywhere organic textures and contrasts present themselves offer inspiration for artist and designer Joelle Somero. She largely creates abstract oil paintings with a duck cloth collage foundation and loves neutral, natural color palettes. Her approach to interior design is similar to her approach to art: consider and build the bones of the space or the canvas first, and if done well, the subsequent layers can be honest and minimal.

Joelle resides in Marquette in Michigan’s upper peninsula with her husband, Matt and four children.

I am inspired by my children and my husband.  As Pablo Picasso put it, "All children are artists.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." The art my children create is brilliant to me.  They create freely and intuitively, and the result is nothing short of magical.  I hope they are able to hold onto their carefree abilities.  My husband is a stone mason and his work is his art, although he would disagree: to him, he's just doing his job.  But from this artists' point of view, his art is rugged, natural and wildly beautiful.