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: she prefers to consider and build the bones of the space or the canvas first in such a way that the subsequent layers can be thoughtfully 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.  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.