By Lisa Marie Hart
The collector and art aficionado behind Colin Fisher Studios invites us into his newly remodeled Mission Hills home. Inside, an eclectic mix of art and furnishings reflect the style, sensibility, and surprising nature of his popular gallery.
Q: Colin, why are we looking at your home and not your gallery?
A: I wanted people to know that my own tastes change. In my new home, I enjoy a different look than the one before. I’m always interested in taking my home to the next level and doing something better. My clients feel the same about theirs, I believe.
Q: You had a huge selection to choose from. Where did you start?
A: I would see a painting at the gallery and fall in love with it, so I did what we do with many of our clients: I took it home first to see it on the wall with my things. That was the test. Yes to die for, or no, hated it. That process cost me nothing, and it doesn’t cost our clients anything either. We take our time in helping them make the right choices. My new home paints the picture of the way we operate. The excitement of elevating your environment should be savored.
Q: You just moved in. How does every piece look as beautifully natural as if you placed it there thoughtfully over the years?
A: I approached my own home the way I approach the gallery. You see various styles: Asian and Indonesian to French and country. I mix two or three different periods in a room. I create continuity and harmony in diversity. I like pieces you buy and keep forever — staples like a 17th-century French chair under a crystal chandelier. There’s a playfulness, too. I have my own small herd of sheep. If my home clicks with you, then the gallery is a candy store.
Q: I’ve heard that by the time you leave a client’s home, they want to be your new best friend. Why?
A: I fill the gap between art consultant and designer. I take the pain out of making the right decision, ensuring that my clients never make the wrong one. Customers become true friends. They thank me for being honest with them and not allowing them to buy something they don’t need or fall madly in love with.
Q: Do you enjoy entertaining friends and associates?
A: With one exception. Oftentimes they want to buy my furniture off the floor \and the artwork off my walls. I tell them it’s not for sale, but that I have thousands of others in my gallery and warehouse. They usually accept that answer.
Q: And if they don’t?
A: It’s understandable. There’s a chase in finding these things. When you see good pieces put together in the right way, you can’t get enough. It’s an obsession. So the pieces sell themselves. I don’t have to talk up a painting. If they like it, they buy it.
Q: Your wide circle of collectors and designers has grown every year since the gallery opened its doors 10 years ago. What makes your approach and your gallery that looks like an estate so appealing?
A: Honestly, I think what Colin Fisher Studios has to offer is fine art at reasonable prices. Inexpensive? Absolutely not. Very expensive? Not really. The inherent value is being able to come in and choose from a large selection. We have warehouses full of art. There are only a few galleries I know of that offer the quality and quantity that we do on any given day. We build an incredible level of trust into our relationships. The freedom to try a few pieces to find the perfect fit for your home and each space in it is where we really differentiate ourselves.
Q: Please say you’re hosting another season of gallery parties… I love them. I always meet someone interesting and learn something about your vast inventory.
A: In fact, I am. Our four big shows will range from midcentury modern painters and TAIRA to works from my own personal collection. I hope to see you there. Be sure to say hello.
Colin Fisher Studios
68929 Perez Road, Suite M, Cathedral City, CA 92234