Tallie Moore, Summer on the Tall Grass Prairie, 2007, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 in., and
Milo the Wheaten Terrier
rooms. “I like the ideas of the little figures because the house
is so serious,” says Morales. They first discovered Seifert’s
work at a local art fair. Kevin Box, whom they met 15 years
ago, is another artist whose work they first acquired at a
community art fair. Box’s work is now in several public
and private collections throughout the United States
including his Hero’s Horse Monument, commissioned by Lucy
Billingsley and installed last year in Irving at the Cypress
Waters development. “It’s fun to see how artists change and
progress,” says Morales.
Throughout their residence, antiquities from many
Pre-Industrialized cultures balance the collection. The
juxtaposition between old and new fascinates the couple.
Suarez notes, “You can see how Mexican artists were
influenced by the Pre-Columbian world.” And a Balinese
amulet used to ward off the evil spirits between yoked oxen
seems right at home with contemporary sculpture.
Their Lionel Morrison-designed home is the perfect
backdrop for the collection. Built in 1994, it is one of
Morrison’s earlier projects and has served as an inspiration
for his later residential work. The exterior façade elegantly
balances positive and negative space. The recessed wall
in the negative space is dramatically lit from below and
capped with a clerestory that provides a view through to
the other side of the house. Morrison deliberately placed the
door perpendicular to the porch so as to not puncture the
limestone. It is a contemporary home that quietly fits in on a
largely traditional street.
The homeowners admire the symmetry of the house as
well as its perfect orientation. The living area opens to an
interior courtyard that has a lap pool running the length
of it. An outdoor fireplace punctuates the end of the yard.
The limestone wall that encloses the space is softened by a
row of magnolia trees. Replacing a wall of windows with a
sliding glass door is one of the few refinements they made.
The renovation, Suarez says, allowed them to create an
indoor/outdoor space, something they particularly enjoy
when entertaining. To maintain the integrity of the lines,
they hired the company that originally installed the windows
when the house was built.
The home and its collection are a cocoon of beauty and
comfort. And at a time when much of the art today favors
shock over aesthetics, this couple prefers objects with which
they can live contentedly. “Nothing jarring,” says Suarez.
Morales concurs, adding, “We don’t like confrontation. We
tend to like things that draw you in.” P
David Crismon, Raphael's Girlfriend, 2005, oil on metal, 42 x 42 in.