She showed us previous projects from collaborative sketches to pictures of the completed project. Lisa and I looked at each other and simply said, Yes. Catherine, while an incredible talent was taken a aback. She insisted on hiring others to help, as our project would likely take a year. Lisa and I looked at each other, giggled, turned to Catherine and said in unision..."That's ok, we want your work. A year is fine."
Two things. One, Catherine is now one of our closest friends. Two, We have never seen her at such a loss for words since...We agreed to take delivery of the items as she finished a room. We started with the kitchen. The previous lights were the standard builders grade and Lisa and Catherine came up with a Flower/Island theme. I asked if we could integrate some turtles into the project as we view the turtle as the Villa Tesori mascot. Catherine drew a few sketches and we agreed.
On our next trip down, Catherine delivered the lights and we were amazed. Beautiful Lillies now hang from the kitchen in Villa Tesori. She even was able to make turtle sconces. Much to our surprise and enjoyment, she put turtles on the round sconces mounted to the ceiling...extra turtles!! Below are pictures previous lighting and the new items. Close up of the sconce.
The next area Catherine worked on was our outside Gazebo and pool deck. We had completely remodeled the gazebo and the previous lighting was literally bulbs hanging from rusty sockets. Below is a pic of the gazebo post remodel, but pre Catherine Perry lighting. And a couple after we installed her pieces.
Having known Catherine for well over a year at this point, I asked her if she would make a vase for my wife. Our anniversary was during our next trip and I wanted to surprise my wife with something unique and special. Catherine at this point was a dear friend and said she knew just what to do. This is what Lisa got on our trip in December. A mermaid vase.
She had made an old St. John style burial urn. It reflects the life of a slave on St. John. The average life of a slave during the heyday of the sugar plantations were measured in months. The urn had a number of scenes of life for the slaves from arrival to death. It was a very spiritual and moving piece. At the top Catherine had Jumbies leading the slaves from one step to the next on their journey. Jumbies are an important part of island culture and their addition shows a level of understanding and caring for the locals that is reflective of who Catherine is.
Catherine is an amazing artist of skill and scope. She has shown us beautiful lighting inside of Villa Tesori. Followed up by the whimsey and fun on the pool deck and gazebo. The beautiful vase she made for Lisa reflects an understanding of who Lisa is. This was followed by the burial urn, an incredibly spiritual piece which took our breath away. She does have many shades, and we are blessed to have seen them.
If you would like a very unique piece of art to remember your time on St. John, consider meeting with Catherine. She does ship her work.
Catherine has a studio, but it is by appointment only.