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As communities thrive and populations grow, the need for accessible and advanced healthcare facilities becomes more and more essential. And coming up with fresh ways to facilitate healing, like incorporating local nature photographs into healthcare environments, is an easy, effective way to bring nature indoors to benefit patients and the entire care team.
Photographing soothing nature images for healthcare facilities is sometimes about exploring unexpected places not on the map, which can lead to healing views for patients.
In the same way, "no man is an island," no one person or business is 100% responsible for the creation of a successful healthcare facility. And that's because the most innovative designs that lead to the best wayfinding solutions are collaborative. There are lots of moving parts involved in creating healthcare environments.
At KJP, our art has a job to do. And our specialty is helping you create solutions with nature art. Our Innovations line is made up of nature images with a twist and display options that push the boundaries of biophilic design. Like everything we do, they're inspired by nature and created by our in-house [...]
You've heard the saying: life's about the journey, not the destination. I think it's about both. I've taken several trips to Alabama recently to photograph local spring flowers for a healthcare project there. I love getting to know people in the area. They have unique perspectives of the landscape and know the stories behind local [...]
Art probably isn't the first thing you think about when you imagine the emergency department at your local hospital. But maybe it should be. Why? Because being stuck waiting in an ED is one of the top complaints of patients. And small improvements to emergency department design can have big benefits.
Once a year, one of the coolest things you'll ever see happens in Nebraska. And no matter how many times I witness it, it never gets old. I'm talking about the great spectacle of the sandhill cranes' annual migration. Just as they've done for thousands of years, these primordial birds descend upon central Nebraska for [...]
Even though I live in the Midwest, I spend a lot of time on the road taking local nature photographs for different healthcare projects across the country. It might seem like most nature photographs are similar, no matter what part of the country you're in, but when you spend time in different locations, the unique [...]
"I know exactly where I'm going." - said no one in healthcare ever. Let's face it. Healthcare environments are often large, complex buildings with multiple floors, wings, and departments that are easy to get lost in. And while there are lots of benefits to having so many services in one place, no one likes getting [...]
One of the primary goals when designing healthcare environments is creating calming atmospheres for patients. Healing artwork should be a positive distraction, taking patients' minds away from the stress they're dealing with. So if certain types of artwork can potentially lessen that stress, wouldn't you want to try them?
Designing environments for aging means understanding older adults' physical, cognitive, and emotional needs. An extensive amount of research supports that nature images have the power to relieve stress and be a positive distraction for patients dealing with pain and anxiety. But did you know nature images can also have a positive impact by triggering memories [...]
We've written before about the importance of choosing the right colors for healthcare environments. And while blue is the go-to color for most hospitals and medical office buildings, (for good reasons considering its ability to soothe and calm) there isn't a one-size-fits-all color for healthcare.
So what do tacos and nature have to do with healing? Turns out, a lot. Last week we had an open house in our downtown Omaha studio at the Mastercraft Building - tacos, drinks, catching up with friends, clients, co-workers, and some of our amazing partners in the healthcare and design industry.
Recovering from stress faster. Feel-good sensations. Relaxed brainwaves. These are all things healthcare and wellness environments consider when looking at how to improve patient outcomes. And these are also the results of a recent study that looked at the brainwaves of participants who viewed computer-generated fractal patterns that mimicked those seen in nature.
I’ll be the first to admit, nature was not my first thought when I saw Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2023. Shades of yellow, green, and blue maybe. But a spicy mixture of red and blue with pink and purple undertones . . . could this color really be, according to Pantone’s website, “rooted in nature?” But as I started looking through my image library, I began to realize how versatile Viva Magenta 18-1750 is. Hints of it showed up everywhere. . . in flowers, succulents, feathers,...
Being from the Midwest gives me a great vantage point of the rest of the country and makes it easy to travel in any direction to photograph the healing landscapes of the United States. Being on the road also gives me a lot of time to think.
We recently caught up with JoAnna Draper as part of our Live Your "A" Game interview series, where we talk to women who inspire us, whether they're players on the field, or, in this case, someone behind-the-scenes encouraging her daughter to Live her A Game.
Rainy weather is probably the last thing that comes to mind when you think of breathtaking autumn images, but last month, while on the road in search of soothing landscapes for my Georgia nature photography portfolio, I stumbled upon the perfect set of conditions on the back roads of Northern Georgia that made for some really cool autumn photographs.
Alumna House sits down with the amazing Jodi Crutchfield, wife of UNO Maverick's Men's Basketball Head Coach, Chris Crutchfield. She radiates kindness and authenticity and talked about her success throughout the years and her roles as mom, wife, and professional. Hear about what it's like being married to a successful head coach and the importance of having her own identity.
Access to quality healthcare is something we all need and deserve. And hospitals and healthcare environments across Nebraska need access to the most up-to-date research and technology so they can offer the best care. By providing hospitals across Nebraska with strategies to improve community health, the Nebraska Hospital Association provides this kind of critical support.
Jen Mueller is the first person to admit she rarely slows down. And, she likes to talk. A lot. This energy and enthusiasm have made her a stand-out voice in sports broadcasting in Seattle and why we chose her for our Live Your A Game interview series.
"The mind is like water. When it's turbulent, it's difficult to see. When it's calm, everything becomes clear. " - Prasad Mahes As humans, our connection to water runs deep. We need fresh, clean water for survival, so it makes sense that being near water and viewing waterscapes, and particularly waterfall images, provides us with a sense of calm and tranquility when we can't be outdoors.
A new camera, the open road, and the beauty of Austin botanicals. Those are the things that came together to create my recent portfolio of flower images as I traveled through sunny Austin, Texas. I wasn't there long but enjoyed the vibrant colors and luscious growth of Austin's warm climate.
Earlier this month we got to be part of the Kansas Hospital Association's annual convention and tradeshow. This year's KHA Tradeshow was held at the Sheraton Overland Park Convention Center. The show was canceled last year due to the pandemic, so we were excited to make the trip in 2022 and see what part we could play in improving patient care in Kansas hospitals.
Wide open farmland, fields of native grasses, and abundant, vibrant wildflowers are just some of the touchstones of the vast and thriving Kansas landscape. The natural beauty of this Midwestern setting is the reason Kansas nature photography is known far beyond the state - and the reason I find myself going back to capture it's epic beauty.
Are you designing a hospital or healthcare environment but aren't sure which types are the best art for healing? Do you wonder what type of artwork would have the best impact on patients AND staff? Nature images fulfill our need as humans to remain connected to the natural world while indoors (where we spend most of our time).
Everyone loves a comeback story. And that's exactly what's happening in the small town of Albion, Nebraska, population of 1,709. According to Matthew Hansen's article, "Albion, Investing in Itself, Shows How Small Towns Can Thrive," the Midwestern town of Albion, Nebraska took a chance on itself and it's paying off - bigtime (Flatwater Free Press).
Connection is at the heart of everything we do as humans, so it makes sense that enhancing those connections would be at the forefront when considering the importance of healthcare design. Being able to feel a connection in a healthcare or wellness environment is crucial if you want patients to feel at ease, cared for, [...]
80% of our nature photographs are used in hospitals and healthcare facilities, but the benefits of nature art in corporate design are not lost on local businesses like Pinnacle Bank in Papillion, Nebraska. Some people think corporate art has to be either very cookie-cutter or so far outside the box that it becomes confusing instead [...]
What are you passionate about? What fires you up? For me, it's taking nature photographs. And being on the road, exploring new places, and working alongside other creatives. The energy you get working with others in your field who share your enthusiasm is contagious. Couple that with having a little patience and finding yourself in [...]
Film on glass is a great solution for healthcare design situations where you already have glass features within your environment and want to avoid the costs of installing custom glasswork. Award-winning design team LeVino Jones Medical Interiors did a wonderful job using film on glass, printed by Koroseal, to create a beautiful yet practical art [...]
Designing behavioral health environments has come a long way, and using nature photographs to improve patient outcomes has become increasingly sought after. In the last several years we've seen the stigma surrounding mental health start to crumble. It began even before the pandemic and has been propelled to the forefront ever since.
No windows? No problem. How do you brighten a long corridor in the basement of an established hospital that has no determined set-up for lighting, while also adding artwork that will improve patient outcomes, energize staff and create a calming, healing environment for all? For CHI's Immanuel Hospital in Omaha, NE, built in the mid [...]
When we think about the benefits of biophilic design, it's easy to count all the advantages of integrating nature into healthcare environments. But what about the things you lose when using nature photographs in healthcare environments? Incorporating nature into built environments has tons of research to support it. And it makes sense.
From the moment you walk into OrthoNebraska's newest orthopedic clinic, urgent care and physical therapy center in Elkhorn, Nebraska, you're surrounded by colorful, healing nature images that remind the patients being treated what they're working to get back to - a life of wellness, activity and most of all, movement.
What's better than caffeine for boosting your mood and energy levels?!?! NATURE! And when you can't BE in nature, which unfortunately is true for most of us since studies show we spend 90% of our time indoors, nature photography is the next best thing and has been shown to have some of the same benefits (Kellert, 2015).
Omaha Pediatric Therapy in Omaha, Nebraska wanted to combine the healing power of nature photography with something colorful and happy for their pediatric patients and staff. So we used several of Kurt's nature photographs to create this vibrant custom color slice wallcovering, a popular biophilic design solution Kurt Johnson Photography uses in many hospitals and [...]
At KJP, we don't cut corners. We WORK with them! Our newest wayfinding solution for Allina Health's United Hospital in St. Paul, MN is a creative example of our nature imagery having a job to do.
Color can have a huge impact on our emotions and that's why so much research and preparation goes into Pantone's annual Color of the Year. For the first time, Pantone created a brand new color for their yearly pick, something not already in their extensive color library.
Nature is all about keeping things simple. That's why things like getting a little fresh air when you're stressed or looking out a window when you're having trouble focusing can have such a big impact on your mental and physical health. So why not go easy on yourself this year, and give the gift of [...]
Capturing stunning landscapes and breath-taking botanicals is only the first step in having them become part of biophilic design's healing solution for hospitals and healthcare environments. Once the right nature photographs are chosen, they need to be printed in a way that matches their high resolution, attention to detail, and precise color.
Our connection to nature is key to our mental and physical wellness. So how can nature be incorporated into modern design in a way that is fresh and unexpected while still providing the benefits of healing nature images? Agates.
Kansas is known as the Sunflower State because the weather conditions there make it ideal for growing those happy, iconic flowers. According to The Kansas Farm Food Connection sunflowers grow in every county in the state. And while these bold beauties might be the main flower you think of when you think of Kansas, the [...]
Nebraska is known for its wide-open landscapes, midwestern wildlife, and dramatic skies. It's not just the heart of the country but the place we call home, so we're a little partial to all the beauty that exists here. This is a collection of some of our most popular nature images of Nebraska that have been [...]
From the moment we got involved with The University of Nebraska Medical Center's Munroe-Meyer Institute, we knew it was going to be something unique and groundbreaking. The Munroe-Meyer institute has been part of the Omaha community for over 100 years, serving the needs of people with intellectual and developmental needs.
Earlier this year, Carolyn and I traveled through the lush landscapes of western Arkansas and the southeastern-most corner of Oklahoma. Spring was emerging and we arrived just in time to see the dogwoods blossoming at Ouachita National Forest. This area is known for its breathtaking dogwoods and they didn't disappoint.
We recently worked with DIRTT via AOI Corporation in Omaha, Nebraska on a brand-new healthcare facility for Methodist Physicians Clinic Elkhorn. DIRTT Environmental Solutions is a manufacturer of prefabricated construction products that help build out the built environment. We caught up with Marco Lade, DIRTT Champion at AOI in Omaha, to talk about the benefits [...]
Ever heard the saying, "Go big or go home?" Well, that seemed to be the underlying theme of designer Ashley Hurner of BDH for a new 19,000 square foot clinic in River Falls, WI for Fairview Health Services. And (pun-intended) her vision paid off big time.
When I used to hear the term 2020, the first thing I thought about was having perfect vision. In my mind, 20/20 was a quality to strive for as a person making a living by photographing the things I see. But when I hear 2020 now, I, like most people, can't help but think of [...]
Being part of something you believe in feels good. But you know the feeling you get when the work you do has a direct impact on your own community? Well, that's how we felt about being part of The University of Nebraska Medical Center's Psychiatric Emergency Services Facility in Omaha, Nebraska.
""Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That's Relativity." - Albert Einstein Did you know, waiting is the number one complaint of patients?
It's -19 degrees in Omaha today and a winter storm continues to sweep across the country. We thought it would be the perfect time to share some images that would bring a bit of warmth and hope to these cold winter days. Here's a look at Spring, which we promise, is closer than you might [...]
Winter solstice has passed, the days are getting longer and nature will be coming back to life soon. While nature is mostly quiet in our part of the country this time of year, so much is still happening underground. And paying attention to those things is more significant than you might think.
Pantone's Color of the Year is a way the design world takes the temperature of what's happening across the globe. Choosing two colors for 2021 was a bold choice, but one that makes sense considering all that we are leaving behind in 2020 and all we hope to achieve in this new year.
As crazy as this year has been, you made it. Give yourself credit for showing up and getting things done, for finding the energy to stay productive, and for learning new ways to stay connected to those around you. When the pandemic first hit and we were seeing the immediate impact on overburdened doctors, nurses, and other [...]
We print our photos on lots of different substrates and have some wonderful, long-term partners, including Philip Frangenberg of Frameworks Inc in Wichita, Kansas. Philip and his team print, spec and produce all of the framed art and gallery-wrapped canvas pieces for Kurt Johnson Photography.
It's election day. Whether you already voted or are expecting to gather your stamina to wait in line to cast your vote, it's hard not to let the constant news stories and divisiveness seep into your day. But research has shown that foreboding and stress are actually bad for your health and can contribute to things like [...]
It's 2020. Navigating life during a pandemic is the new norm, which means you're faced with an environment that is changing. As a result of Covid-19, standard practices in hospitals, clinics, senior living environments, surgery centers, behavioral health facilities and family practices are being examined and reevaluated.
As more of us settle into new work environments, whether it be extra safety measures in existing spaces or finding new workspaces at home, it's important to create spaces that encourage focus, creativity and stress reduction. How can you do this? Well, placing your office in the middle of a forest or moving your desk [...]
Effective healthcare environments are ones that become an extension of their communities and evolve based on the needs of those they serve. One such facility is Phelp's Memorial Health Center in Holdredge, NE. Because this project was an expansion of their existing clinic, an important aspect when selecting the artwork and designing the new environment, [...]
90% of our time is spent indoors.* That's a shocking amount of time, especially considering all the benefits of being in and around nature. One of the takeaways of living through this pandemic is realizing how and where we spend our time. Being in offices, working from home, spending time in classrooms, going inside buildings [...]
I recently photographed some beautiful blue hydrangea in my studio in downtown Omaha. A former client requested new images of this flower I had taken years ago. I jumped at the chance to revisit this gorgeous flower with its unique shades of purple and blue.
Now more than ever, we need to look for creative ways to survive and thrive in what we do. Things are not business as usual anymore, and, by embracing that notion, we can open ourselves to new opportunities and new ways of thinking.
Plan Your Space If your walls could talk, what would they say? To your patients? To your staff? Your walls are an extension of your care team and a big part of the healing process. Let us help you choose the RIGHT nature images - supported by research - so you can get the best outcomes in your healthcare facility.
There is something more for you. Something more for your business. Until you can define those things, how can you get there? It can be hard to step back and see the bigger picture. That’s where I can help. I help business owners, executives, and professionals align with the professional life they want to be living. We all want to feel our life is successful. But how do we define success? My expertise is sensing alignment, looking at what’s working and what isn’t, and then...
I have been a mental health therapist for over 15 years, working with a vast array of clients, from adults struggling with the grief and loss often associated with the aging process, to college students and life professionals seeking to make changes in their lives.
We know supporting the Nebraska Cornhuskers isn't just a weekend gig. "Go Big Red" is a way of life. So whether you're cheering on Nebraska football, Husker wrestling, Husker volleyball, or Nebraska softball, we want to provide high-quality Cornhusker sportswear for women that's comfortable AND sophisticated. We spe
Alumna House is proud to offer officially licensed Creighton University Bluejays apparel for students, faculty, alumni, and fans wanting to support their beloved Jays. We know it's all about the white and blue for Creighton University's dedicated Bluejays fans, and our clothing line features locally designed apparel you'll be excited to wear.
There's something special about the University of Iowa. The historic campus, located at 125 North Madison Street in Iowa City, home of Hawkeye sports, and founded in 1847, was named one of the top 10 college towns by USA Today.
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1. Write one thing running through your head per Post-it Note. Keep going until you can't think of anything more. It doesn't matter if it's big or little, urgent or random.Listing all your issues is soothing. When you write them down, they stop taking up valuable head space.
I've started to refer to these worry patterns as Doom Loops. It often begins with uncertainty about how something will turn out. You're not feeling confident and start imagining the worst. You feel the impending doom start to build. Then one bad thought leads to another.
Do you have a mentor? When you think about them, what stands out? I've been really fortunate and had a couple of great mentors. They helped me grow into the person I wanted to become. They didn't try to make me miniature versions of themselves, rather they brought out the best in me.
Part of my role as an executive coach is to create space for clients to voice their frustrations. Identifying and naming what isn't working is the first step to creating change. When my clients are frustrated, I ask them to describe their business from the Crow's Nest.
Ever heard of the Crow's Nest? It's a box high up in the stadium at football games where coaches get a different perspective of the game. I use this analogy a lot in my work to help clients to think of their businesses differently.
I like visiting this cemetery. It's quiet and peaceful, surrounded by farmland. There's a small church that's maintained even though services are no longer held there. The headstones include the names of the family who donated the land and others from the surrounding community. Several headstones have names that are unknown to me.
P.S. - I've given my free download, Start Your Path to Success , a refresh! This is the free workbook I share exclusively with my newsletter subscribers - YOU! If you're feeling disconnected from the work you want to be doing, this free guide is a great place to get started.
What happens when you read this quote? The meaning can be hard to grasp. You probably feel that your fears of being a fraud and inadequate are what hold you back the most. But what if something else is keeping you from stepping into your Vision of Success?
So here I am. My dog is curled up at my feet, tired from our walk. I have music playing in the background because I find that listening to something created by someone else helps my creativity flow. And I'm writing this newsletter to you.
Do you create? Are you someone who oozes creativity - always working on something new? Or do you think you have no creativity at all? Do you dread the question, "What's new with you ?" because you haven't created anything in a while and nothing feels particularly new or exciting?
There are no guarantees that the "What if" will turn out as you expected or hoped. Because "What if" is less about the actual outcome and more about the journey . Regardless of where you end up, you will be somewhere different."If only" keeps you stuck exactly where you are.
I recently had the chance to learn how to curl. If you watched the Winter Olympics you might have seen teams gracefully sending 40-pound stones gliding down the ice to a bullseye target on the other end. A friend, who belongs to the local curling league, invited a few of us to attend an event where "curler newbies" could try it out.
You can get so caught up in the doing that you forget to pause and consider why you are doing what you're doing. That's not to say everything has to come to a grinding halt. You have responsibilities. Bills need to be paid, kids need to be fed, the dog needs to be walked and your team does need direction.
In the last newsletter, we explored the concept of shadows. Shadows are behaviors and actions related to the story we each create about our lives. They impact the way we view the world and keep us safe.
The subject of "shadow" has been popping up a lot in conversations with clients, peers and friends. It's a fascinating topic that can be scary to explore, but it can also be a game-changer in terms of how you view your talents and discovering where your true passions lie.
One benefit of the pandemic is having had a chance to pause and consider what's important in your life. Like most people, you probably considered how much time you were spending at work, with family and friends. You may have even reprioritized things based on what you saw.
I remember the word I picked that first year. Explore. At the time, I was ready to change up my professional work. Yet I had no idea what that might be. Explore allowed me to chase lots of options without the pressure of finding the perfect fit within a specific timeframe.
When we're kids, we say the best things. We make up words and absorb our surroundings in a way we're not always able to do as adults. I don't remember saying the words above, but my mother remembers them because they so accurately captured my grandmother's giving spirit.
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"It's your road, and yours alone, others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you." - Rumi Finding purpose and meaning in your work can have a big impact on your quality of life and overall happiness.
It's that time of year when you start thinking about the new year and what you want to be different. But what if I told you there's a powerful alternative to traditional resolutions? Something that can infuse your days with more meaning and intention. Have you ever thought of choosing a word for the year?
Fall is the perfect time to start planning if you're creating a business strategy for the new year. If you want your team to "hit the ground running" in January, they need an idea of where you want them to end up. And this is where a few lessons from growing up on a Minnesota farm are helpful.
Effective mentors help their employees find new ways to use their skills and talents. They give them the confidence to do more. But mentoring employees takes time, and it's often hard to know where to start. With the daily distractions businesses face, mentoring often gets pushed to the side.
As a leader, it can be frustrating when a member of your team seems to be holding back. You know they have so much potential but getting them to see that and step into it seems impossible. Imposter Syndrome might be what's holding them back.
"Find out what you do best; Then find out how you can pay most of your attention to doing it; Get someone to pay you for having paid most of your attention to mastering that one thing." - Genius Turner Are you solving the right problems? Do you know what questions to ask?
What happens when you face an obstacle? And how do you lead when your team hits a roadblock? You might think the role of a great leader is to create and execute a perfect plan. And while there's some truth to that, life rarely plays along.
"Those who won our independence . . . valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty." - Lois D. Brandeis What do you think of the 4th of July?
"Don't believe everything you think." - Unknown If you are a fan of the Harry Potter series, you may remember the Grindlylows. They are mythical water creatures that like to trap their prey in the seaweed at the bottom of the ocean (Harry encounters them in Book 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire).
What happens when you read this quote? Whenever I read it, I start to get this funny feeling in my gut. It's like seeing a truth about myself that I didn't want to see. As a leader and business owner, it's easy to get caught up in saying "yes" to others.
I love that I live in a part of the world where the changing of the seasons is so striking. I love watching new plants come up in spring and seeing them progress - tiny buds blooming into daffodils, crocus, and tulips. The flowering redbuds and crab apple trees make my morning walks magical.
I'm a bit of a storm junky. I loved watching the storms roll in on the farm where I grew up. When rainstorms approached, there would be this eerie calm where not a breath seemed to exist. The air felt heavy and dense, almost electric.
Do these pictures look like the same mountain to you? On a recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, I visited Mount St. Helens. It's an active volcano and the last eruption was in May of 1980. I was a child when it happened and can remember the images on TV of the smoke and ash filling the air.
As a business owner, you want to win. You set goals to provide direction and alignment for what a "win" looks like for your team. Those goals give everyone something to aim towards. That's what being a good leader looks like, right? But how can you achieve these business goals successfully?
Does your life often feel like a balancing act? You like routine but hate being bored. You seek adventure but value safety. You want to chase your passions but fear moving too far outside your comfort zone. It can be tricky to find the sweet spot in between.
How do you define success? Most would reserve that word for big accomplishments. You might not think walking your dog, making breakfast, or doing the laundry are successes. But Admiral William H. McRaven might disagree with you. In his book, "Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World," he shares lessons he learned during Navy Seal training.
Have you ever said that? I used to say it a lot. I had this idea that my thoughts controlled everything. Like they were the CEO of the rest of me. That was before I understood what mindfulness was. Mindfulness is being aware of what your mind is doing.
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Not all artwork is created equally, especially when it comes to the right type of artwork for healthcare. And not all nature images are the same. So what types of images provide the most benefits to patients AND staff? In our latest blog, we break it down for you.
Everyone loves a comeback story. And that's exactly what's happening in the small town of Albion, Nebraska, population of 1,709. This small Midwestern town decided to invest in itself and is seeing a boom in its community. We recently provided nature images for Boone County Health Cente r's new outpatient clinic expansion in Albion alongside Leo A Daly for some fantastic results.
Do you want people to connect with your space as soon as they walk through the door? Connection is at the heart of everything we do as humans.
Even though roughly 80% of our nature photographs are hung in hospitals, healthcare, and wellness facilities, clients want creative nature images in office spaces too. Who doesn’t want to feel better walking into a boardroom?
When was the last time you got that excited feeling at work?? For me, it was on a recent road trip with fellow photographer Jerred Z. What started out as a gloomy, overcast sky shifted to one of the most spectacular Midwest sunsets I’ve seen in years. Check out the video of this EPIC adventure here:
How do you brighten a long corridor in the basement of an established hospital that has no determined set-up for lighting? While also adding artwork that will: improve patient outcomes, energize staff and create a calming, healing environment for all?
Film on glass. You don't see it all the time, but when it makes an appearance, WOW, it makes an appearance. It's a great option when working with existing glass and when you don't have a lot of open wall space for canvas or framed art.
May is mental health awareness month, so we want to put a spotlight on the importance of incorporating the RIGHT kind of imagery in behavioral health environments and show you how powerful it can be.
Incorporating nature into built environments has tons of research to support it. And it makes sense. Nature makes us feel better. You've heard a lot about the benefits of biophilic design, and all the things you gain by incorporating nature photography into healthcare environments. But what about the things you when you do this?
is all about getting people back to the things they love - things like hiking, jogging, playing sports, and even just walking their dogs! That's why choosing artwork that OrthoNebraska reminds people of the things they want to get back to was so important when designing their newest location in Elkhorn, Nebraska.
Whether you're looking for an inspiring desktop wallpaper or a new Zoom background, these images will improve your mood and keep stress at bay. Makes sense that hospitals, behavioral health facilities, senior living centers, orthopedic surgery centers, children's hospitals and medical clinics ALL request restorative nature art more than any other type of artwork.
using healing, nature images that created a rainbow for their young patients. Our feature several of Kurt's images paired by color, theme or design and make beautiful statement pieces - particularly when filling a large space. Omaha Pediatric Therapy wanted to design somethingbright and happy for their patients and staff.
"Obsessed!" - Monica Albertson, NCIDQ, Interior Designer at Allina Health Our newest wayfinding solution for Allina Health's United Hospital in St. Paul, MN is a creative example of our nature imagery having a job to do.
INTRODUCING KJP 2.0 We’re excited to announce our shiny new website and logo! We got a makeover and have made choosing the best nature images for your wellness project even easier! You’ll find: Advanced search options More healing images Resources to help you plan your next project Free downloads to bring some calm to your desktop (or next Zoom meeting).
We understand the importance of creating environments that support calm and healing, and we're passionate about making positive changes in the lives of patients and the entire care team. We'll help you choose the right imagery for your space and guide you through framing and display options.
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This timeline was created for current and potential clients to give them an estimate of the time needed for each step of the art installation process.