The mystery of creativity.
The eighth wonder.
Inspiring talent around the world.
As it does in Hollywood, where Stephen Tomar, an emigrant from the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia) is fulfilling his destiny with art and design.
In addition to his elegantly crafted Stephen Tomar Furniture, he began in 1981 to paint watercolors of scenes from his newly adopted love, California along with nostalgic remembrances from his youth for Christmas cards.
This year’s holiday greetings is a bow “to the original Beverly Hills City Hall, which I incorporated with the new addition and painted the sky magenta, because Beverly Hills rocks, and I wanted that feeling in the card that my design partner and life partner, Stuart Lampert and I mail to 650 friends and business associates.”
His 1981 card was inspired by a Christmas parade on Wilshire Boulevard.
Other paintings reached out to our local landscape of tall palm trees and blue swimming pools.
“During a New York visit, I was thrilled to see the Statue of Liberty again, and painted a card, expressing my pride of the United States.
“I also acknowledged the beauty of the Manhatten’s architecture: the Seagram’s Building and St. Bartholomew’s Church, and the Waldorf Astoria and Towers with another card.
“It’s now been 38 years. I never know what will spark an idea, and that’s the fun of it.”
Stephen and Stuart’s Design Company is acclaimed for the creativity of their interiors.
Lately, they’ve created Judge Judy’s office at Sunset Bronson Studios, that also included her sitting room, makeup room, refreshment area and bathroom.
“You couldn’t ask for a nicer client.”
Other clients include the distinguished citizenry from the Hills of Beverly and the wide expanse of Los Angeles, along with the East Coast. Their illustrious history involves the Johnny Carson estate in Malibu.
On another note, economist and CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow praised the tax legislation last Sunday on New York’s AM 970 radio.
Acknowledging that “he has never seen anything like the response by major corporations to increase wages, bonuses or increasing investments. We are on the front end of a major boom … and the boom is going to carry economic growth faster, and create more jobs and more wages.”
Kudlow was speaking with host John Catsimatidis on The Cats Roundtable. “The deficit is going to be much lower. This thing is going to pay itself inside of a couple of years … and enhance America’s influence overseas, thanks to our booming economy.”
More good news: the Dow is heading heavenward, and unemployment is at its lowest in decades.